December 20, 2019

Fifth Circuit reprimands EPA for perpetuating outdated effluent limitations guidelines

Thomas Cmar

On April 12, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a decision in Southwestern Electric Company v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Case No. 15-60821. The case involved legal challenges by a number of parties, including environmental groups, to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2015 revision of Clean Water Act wastewater treatment technology standards for coal-burning power plants (known as Effluent Limitations Guidelines or ELGs).

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