Maui County Liable for Indirect Wastewater Discharges, Court Says (2)

Feb. 1, 2018, 9:30 PMUpdated: Feb. 1, 2018, 11:58 PM

Maui County is liable for illegally discharging treated wastewater that seeped through groundwater into the Pacific Ocean, a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 1.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a 2014 lower court ruling that said the Maui County-owned Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility needed a Clean Water Act discharge permit to inject treated wastewater into underground injection wells because it ended up in the Pacific Ocean via groundwater.

The Ninth Circuit is the first of three appeals courts that have decided that indirect releases of pollution into federally protected waters, such as the Pacific ...

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