High Court Sides With Timber Industry In Runoff Permit Fight

Law360, New York (March 20, 2013, 1:29 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday backed both the timber industry and federal regulators by ruling that stormwater runoff from logging roads does not require a Clean Water Act permit, overturning a Ninth Circuit decision linking the runoff to industrial activity under the CWA.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had excluded some stormwater discharges from logging roads from that classification, and the court supported that interpretation in a 7-1 decision. The ruling shot down the Northwest Environmental Defense Center's argument that CWA generally requires National Pollutant...
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