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Another Post-Maui Case of the Sort the Supreme Court Encouraged

Bloomberg reports this morning that a Washington-based NGO is suing a window manufacturer for its alleged failure to comply with the terms of a NPDES General Permit issued by the State of Washington as authorized by US EPA.  The alleged failures include inadequate monitoring of stormwater quality and slight exceedances of the amounts of zinc and copper authorized by the General Permit as well as a pH that was slightly lower than authorized.

As you may know, NPDES General Permits are used to broadly authorize discharges that might otherwise require an individual permit under the Clean Water Act.  Coverage under such General Permits is relatively easy to obtain.  The General Permits include generic permit conditions like those at issue in this case. 

In the Maui litigation, several Democratic Attorneys General suggested that such a General Permit would be appropriate for the tens of millions of residential septic systems in the United States that would be subject to Federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction under their interpretation of the law.  

If NPDES General Permits are supposed to make things easier for regulators and those whose discharges don't merit an individual NPDES permit, how is that mission accomplished if those with General Permits face the staggering costs of Federal litigation for any violation of those General Permits, no matter how minor?  Today's news out of Washington begs an answer to that question.

"Waste Action Project alleged Ply Gem Pacific Windows Corp. failed to comply with its stormwater discharge permits’ monitoring, recordkeeping, and planning requirements, according to its complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington."

©1994-2021 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 174
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Jeffrey R. Porter, Environmental Attorney, Mintz Levin, Risk Analysis Lawyer
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Jeff leads the firm’s Environmental Law Practice. He is also a member of the firm’s Policy Committee. For 23 years, he has advised clients regarding complex environmental regulatory compliance and permitting issues, including issues relating to air and water discharges and hazardous waste storage and disposal. In 2011 and 2012, the firm received the Acquisition International Legal Award for “US Environmental Law Firm of the Year.” The awards celebrate excellence and reward firms, teams and individuals for their contribution to client service, innovation and commitment to quality.

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