Chicago Water Agency's EPA Accord Violates CWA, Enviros Say

Law360, New York (August 22, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT) -- Three environmental groups lodged an intervenor complaint in Illinois federal court Monday in a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suit against Chicago's wastewater management district, claiming a consent decree reached by the two parties should be rejected because it does not adequately address damages caused by untreated sewage discharges.

Natural Resources Defense Council Inc., Sierra Club and Prairie Rivers Network are claiming that despite the agreement, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is violating the Clean Water Act by allowing oxygen levels in local waters to drop "dangerously low" because of combined sewer outflow discharges.

The groups also filed a...

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