Article courtesy of Dr. Joseph A. Cortruvo | December 26th, 2016 | Water Technology | Shared as educational material.
The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes a basic structure for regulating the pollutant discharge in clean water and regulating the quality of surface water. Its objective is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s water. Recently, EPA has issued regulations that expand the definition of waters to which the CWA applies, which would cost a lot of money to implement. Opposing parties have challenged these regulations in court, which has suspended the regulations while reviewing the case. A decision is expected in 2017, but the case may reach the US Supreme Court or the new Presidential Administration may withdraw the regulations. Read more here.