Supreme Court Upholds EPA Clean Water Decision

Law360, New York (June 26, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency must cede authority over water pollution to states, even if doing so seems to contradict the Endangered Species Act.

The Clean Water Act, passed in 1972, created a national system for granting and regulating pollution permits. It put this system initially in the hands of the EPA, but said that states could take over that authority if they met nine specific criteria.

The Endangered Species Act, passed the next year, required that the EPA consult with...
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