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Maui County Must Get Water Pollution Permit, Despite EPA Memo

July 27, 2021, 2:40 PM

The EPA’s guidance on how to apply a recent Supreme Court decision failed to sway a federal judge from mandating that Maui County, Hawaii, get a water pollution permit for its releases into injection wells at a facility near the ocean.

The Environmental Protection Agency said in its January guidance that a facility’s design and performance should be considered when deciding whether a release amounts to a direct discharge that triggers the need for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit. The agency’s guidance came shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund ...

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