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Clean Water Act

May 25, 2023

US Supreme Court limits fed’s ability to police pollution into certain wetlands

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday sharply limited the federal government's authority to police water pollution into certain wetlands, the second decision in as many years in which a conservative majority narrowed the reach of environmental regulations.

Oct 17, 2022

Clean Water Act at 50: environmental gains, challenges unmet

The Clean Water Act established ambitious goals: making the nation's waters "fishable and swimmable" and restoring their "chemical, physical and biological integrity." It gave the newly established U.S. Environmental Protection Agency broad authority to set and enforce regulations.

Jan 25, 2022

Justices to weigh limits on reach of Clean Water Act

The Supreme Court said on Monday it will consider reining in federal regulation of private property under the nation's main anti-water pollution law, the Clean Water Act.

Jul 22, 2020

21 state attorneys general, including Wisconsin, sue over new Trump water rule

Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia sued the Trump administration on Tuesday, alleging that new federal rules undermine their ability to protect rivers, lakes and streams within their borders.

Feb 19, 2019

High court to consider case about reach of clean-water law

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a case about the reach of a federal clean-water law.

Oct 26, 2018

Schimel wants review of South Carolina pollution ruling

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel has joined 18 other GOP attorneys general in asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a ruling finding that Clean Water Act protections extend to non-point pollution.

May 13, 2016

Water Works federal lawsuit trial delayed to June 2017

The lawsuit filed by the Des Moines Water Works in federal court against several upstream agriculture drainage districts has been delayed by nearly a year.

Jul 1, 2015

Wisconsin joins lawsuit to fight new water rule

Wisconsin has joined eight other states in a lawsuit protesting a new rule from the EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Oct 11, 2013

US judge OKs deal over coal ash dumping (UPDATE)

A federal judge has signed off on a consent agreement with a car ferry operator that by 2015 will stop the country's last coal-powered ferryboat from dumping waste ash into Lake Michigan.

Feb 25, 2013

High-stakes trial begins for 2010 Gulf oil spill (UPDATE)

Nearly three years after a deadly rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico triggered the nation's worst offshore oil spill, a federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a high-stakes trial for the raft of litigation spawned by the disaster.

Feb 20, 2013

BP civil settlement remains elusive as trial nears

The U.S. Justice Department and the five Gulf coast states affected by a massive oil spill nearly three years ago have indicated they would like to settle their environmental and economic claims with BP PLC ahead of a trial scheduled to start next week.

Feb 14, 2013

Judge approves Transocean’s plea deal in oil spill

A federal judge has approved Transocean Ltd.'s agreement with the Justice Department to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and pay $400 million in criminal penalties for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.


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