EPA Nutrient Ruling Dulls Consent-Decree Blade

Law360, New York (January 27, 2014, 8:11 PM EST) -- A federal court decision earlier this month that allowed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to alter a binding consent decree addressing Florida water pollution standards, bolsters the power of federal agencies to defy court-sanctioned agreements and substantially weakens a critical litigation tool frequently used by environmental groups, attorneys say.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle backed the EPA's decision to modify an agreement with environmental advocates over Florida's nutrient limits in state waters, even though the groups that agreed to the deal objected to the changes and...
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