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Shared from the 4/24/2020 The Denver Post eEdition

WASHINGTON » The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable waterways.

Rejecting the Trump administration’s views, the justices held by a 6-3 vote that the discharge of polluted water from a sewage treatment plant in Maui into the ground, rather than directly into nearby waterways, does not relieve an industry of complying with the Clean Water Act.

 

“We hold that the statute requires a permit when there is a direct discharge from a point source into navigable waters or when there is the functional equivalent of a direct discharge,” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote for the court.

Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas dissented. — The Associated Pres

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