Mass. Cities Defeat State EPA In Water Clash

Law360, New York (January 15, 2010, 3:59 PM EST) -- The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts has sided with 14 municipalities that accused a state agency of inappropriately trying to impose new water conservation measures through its registration authority.

On Thursday, the court ruled in favor of Fairhaven, Mass., and 13 other cities and towns and their public water departments in finding the registration conditions imposed by the state Department of Environmental Protection were essentially new conservation measures.

“It's certainly a significant ruling both in terms of the public suppliers and all major water users,” said...
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