Groundwater Policy Covers Degraded Waters, Calif. Court Says

Law360, San Diego (November 8, 2012, 11:09 PM EST) -- A California appeals court on Tuesday reversed a lower court finding for a regional board over its waste discharge rules for dairies, holding that groundwater could be entitled to protection even if the quality had deteriorated since the state adopted an anti-degradation policy.

The Third District Court of Appeal concluded that the State Water Resources Control Board's anti-degradation policy, which applied only to high-quality groundwaters, did apply to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's discharge rules for cow dairies. The court found there was...
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