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Court-Mandated Montana Water Quality Timeline Appealed by EPA

Jan. 4, 2021, 10:01 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency, Montana, and municipal groups will appeal to the Ninth Circuit a court’s order that the EPA must approve a replacement timeline for polluters to meet water quality standards in the state, according to Monday filings.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Montana ruled Montana’s timelines violate the Clean Water Act because it gives dischargers 17 years to meet general variance water quality standards. The timeline allows polluters to avoid meeting water quality standards instead of making progress toward attainment, the court said.

The court stayed its order of vacatur until the EPA approved a ...

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