EPA To Let Calif. Tribes Design Own Water Quality Standards

Law360 (April 12, 2018, 7:00 PM EDT) -- Two California Native American tribes will now have the ability to develop their own water quality standards within their reservations under the federal Clean Water Act just as states are authorized to do, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

The EPA said it has signed off on the applications from the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, both from Southern California, to be treated as similar to a state under the CWA, meaning the tribe is now empowered to...
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