Clean Water Act Essay

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Table of Contents
Table of Contents…………………………………………………………………………..Page 1
Abstract…………………………………...……………………………………………………...2

History of the Clean Water Act..……………………………………………………...…………3
The Purpose and Intent of the Clean Water Act……………………….…......………………….5
Summary of the Clean Water Act...........................................................................................…. .5
How the Clean Water Act affects Businesses………………………………………..…………..6
Conclusion…………………………………………………………………...…………………..10
References……………………………………………………………………………………….11

Appendix
Case Study …………………………………………………………………………...………..7

Abstract

This paper was written with the attempt to educate the reader on the inception and brief history of “clean
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At least some would also agree that over the forty years of its existence, the Clean Water Act has been the most effective in achieving its objectives. However, here at home, with the air pollution of the early 1960’s and 70’s, the fans of the Clean Air Act might disagree.
According to the United States Government Environmental Protection Agency website, “The Federal Water Pollution Control Act of 1948 was the first major United States (U.S.) law to address water pollution. Growing public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution led to sweeping amendments in 1972. As amended in 1972, the law became commonly known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). These amendments are listed below.
The 1972 amendments:
• Established the basic structure for regulating pollutants discharges into the waters of the United States.
• Gave EPA the authority to implement pollution control programs such as setting wastewater standards for industry.
• Maintained existing requirements to set water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters.
• Made it unlawful for any person to discharge any pollutant from a point source into navigable waters, unless a permit was obtained under its provisions.
• Funded the construction of sewage treatment plants under the construction grants program.
• Recognized the need for planning to address the critical problems posed by nonpoint source pollution (United States

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