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Environmental groups allege EPA violated federal law

By Mike Torres | May 18, 2017


BALTIMORE (Legal Newsline) — Environmental groups are suing the EPA, alleging violation of federal law.

Blue Water Baltimore Inc., Natural Resources Defense Council Inc., and American Rivers filed a complaint May 8 in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Cecil A. Rodrigues and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging they wrongfully denied the plaintiffs' petition.

According to the complaint, the plaintiffs were damaged due to the denial of their petition regarding the Clean Water Act. They say the EPA is ducking the question of whether stormwater discharges that are polluting a Baltimore-area watershed are subject to the Act’s permitting regime.

The plaintiffs argue failure to answer the question presented by the plaintiffs violates the Clean Water Act, and they seek court costs and attorney fees, plus any further relief the court grants. They are represented by attorneys Jared E. Knicley, Sarah V. Fort, Aaron Colangelo and Nancy S. Marks of the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington.

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland Case number 1:17-cv-01253-JFM

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