Clean Water Act

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This is a quick, practice-focused guide to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act, which is the primary federal statute regulating water pollution for the protection of the country’s water resources. Written by experienced legal practitioners, this concise guide offers lawyers, government staff, consultants, and other interested individuals with an overview of the CWA’s complex framework of federal and state controls. The authors explain the statute and the 1972 Amendments ...

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Overview

This is a quick, practice-focused guide to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly known as the Clean Water Act, which is the primary federal statute regulating water pollution for the protection of the country’s water resources. Written by experienced legal practitioners, this concise guide offers lawyers, government staff, consultants, and other interested individuals with an overview of the CWA’s complex framework of federal and state controls. The authors explain the statute and the 1972 Amendments that created a system of permits and regulations to govern the discharge of pollutants into the nation’s waters and publicly owned treatment works, focusing on these uniform standards and their implementation and enforcement. In addition to the historical background, topics include the NPDES permitting process; technology-based standards; water-quality-based effluent limitations; publicly owned treatment works (POTW); regulation of wetlands; discharges of oil and other hazardous substances; wet-weather discharges from point sources; reducing nonpoint source pollution; and enforcement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781614386230
  • Publisher: American Bar Association
  • Publication date: 6/10/2014
  • Series: ABA Best Practice Series
  • Edition description: 2nd Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 202
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel M. Gross is a Partner in Arnold & Porter's Washington, DC office, and a member of the environmental practice group. Previously, he worked for 17 years in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice, where he was heavily involved in some of the most significant environmental litigation of the 1980s and 1990s. As Chief of the Environmental Enforcement Section, he was involved in setting and implementing the federal government's environmental enforcement policies and priorities.
Karrie L. Stelcen is an associate in the New York, NY, office of Arnold & Porter LLP, and is a member of the firm's Environmental Practice Group. As part of her practice, Ms. Stelcen counsels clients on numerous Clean Water Act matters, including permitting and enforcement issues.

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Table of Contents

1 Executive summary 1
2 History of the Clean Water Act 5
3 General prohibition of discharges 15
4 NPDES overview 25
5 Technology-based standards 37
6 Water-quality-based effluent limitations 47
7 Regulations of publicly owned treatment works, and pretreatment requirement for dischargers to POTWs 61
8 Regulation of wetlands 75
9 Discharges and spills of oil and hazardous substances 91
10 Wet-weather discharges from point sources 101
11 Reducing nonpoint source pollution 113
12 Enforcement 119
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