EPA Shifts Focus Of Clean Water Act Regime

Law360, New York (February 23, 2011, 7:30 PM EST) -- Realizing that the nation's waters are still not up to par, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has used new regulations and ramped-up enforcement to try and curb hard-to-control sources of pollution, experts say.

After Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, the EPA originally went after low-hanging fruit such as discharges from major industrial facilities. But now, the focus has shifted to large municipal sewer systems that overflow during storms, agricultural runoff and construction site runoff, according to experts.

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