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    Loopholes in the Clean Water Act The objective of the Clean Water Act is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's water. The intent is admirable but the execution is ineffective because its outdated, large companies abuse it, and lobbyist sabotage any progress to update the regulations. Many events that led up to the creation of the Clean Water Act, one example is the 1960s was the peak of the environmental problems throughout the country water pollution was at all-time high. The effects of polluted waters on public health become a hot topic, citizens demanded the government do something about it (Clark). This lead to the creation of the environmental protection agency by President Nixon…

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    Alex Silva Clean Water Act Positional Essay Introduction The ongoing debate within the Clean Water Act (CWA) can be narrowed down to the Clean Water Rule (CWR), as it makes amendments to the Act and implements a different way of thinking about our water supply. The Clean Water Act was produced as a means for the EPA to implement pollution control programs alongside setting water quality standards for all contaminants in surface waters. This definition of what is to be considered…

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    Water pollution is a widespread issue that is affecting animals and humans in numerous ways. Poorly treated water is the cause of why innocent animals and humans are becoming ill. Trash, debris, toxic chemicals, and oil are some of the main contaminants that are ending up in the water that can easily be prevented. Thus, they are disrupting ecosystems and making wildlife unsafe for humans to eat. The main things that need to be brought to attention is the legislation that already exists, who…

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    The Clean Water Act was passed by the Congress in 1972. This Act protects all the “waters of the United States” and it still remains one of the most important tools that is used to try and protect our waters. This a good example of one public policy in place now that aims to improve some aspect of environmental sustainability because it regulates pollutant leaks into the water. With lots of streams at risk of pollution, our drinking water also is at risk with fish and wildlife species being at…

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    In the early 1940's as stated in the New York Times, the Hudson River became contaminated with Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), that flowed from two General Electric factories that were later banned in 1977, as a health threat to people and wildlife. In high doses, they have been shown to cause cancer in animals and are listed by federal agencies as a probable human carcinogen. As New York City grew along the Hudson river, the sewage discharged increased. In 1965, NYS voters passed a Pure…

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    “Thus, rather than establishing the categorical ban announced by the Court of Appeals—which might frustrate the construction of new plants that would improve existing conditions—the Clean Water Act vests in the EPA and States broad authority to develop long-range, area-wide programs to alleviate and eliminate existing pollution.” Arkansas v. Oklahoma, 503 U.S. 91, 108 (1992)(emphasis added) (internal citation omitted). Here, the Court is determining if the EPA has authority to regulate…

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    problem, The Federal Water Pollution Control Act was rewritten in 1972 by Congress, and is now known as “The Clean Water Act”. The real questions are what is the exact purpose of the Clean Water Act? What are the effects of the Act? How effective is it? What is the main cause of the water pollution? The Clean Water Act was created to help remove pollutants in our waters. In the Article “Clean Water Act” Elizabeth Jester Fellows speaks of how these policies, “simply means that the streams and…

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    Prior to 1970, few regulations existed to protect the waters bodies of the United States. Due to public health and notable environmental impacts noticed by the public, public pressure on government officials resulted in an environmental movement that created the US Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, on 1972 the Federal Water Pollution Control Act was created, better known as the Clean Water Act (CWA). Improvements to water quality are directly linked to the implementation of programs…

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    to the United States Supreme Court for violating the Clean Water Act. Rapanos backfilled three wetlands he owned without a permit. Environmental law became extremely important in this case because due to common law, there were a couple of different interpretations of this situation. Army Corps of Engineers and Riverside Bayview Homes were two different cases that held different precedents regarding what was considered the waters of the United States, which in turn, caused conflict among the…

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    that this area qualified as a wetland and the developer would then need to obtain a permit from the Corps as required under Clean Water Act § 404. The district court held that this area was considered a wetland under the Corps’ definition. This was then reversed in the Court of Appeals, which stated that the Corps’ must avoid taking without just compensation which violates the Fifth Amendment, thus giving the developer the right to fill their property without a permit. The Supreme Court ruled…

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