Maine Sues EPA Over Control Of State's Tribal Waters

By Sean McLernon (July 7, 2014, 5:39 PM EDT) -- The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Monday lodged a complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Maine federal court, arguing that the DEP has authority over all waters within state borders, despite EPA claims for jurisdiction within Indian territories.

The DEP accuses the EPA of trying to limit Maine's power to regulate water throughout the state by failing to take any action on revisions to the state's water quality standards and by communicating with Maine Indian tribes in an attempt to establish separate water quality standards.

The Maine agency claims in its complaint that it has environmental jurisdiction over...

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