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Maui Water Case Sent Back to District Court After SCOTUS Ruling

June 3, 2020, 7:40 PM

A Maui water pollution case will restart in federal district court after a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the litigation.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday returned Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui to the federal district court in Hawaii with instructions to conduct further proceedings “consistent with the Supreme Court’s opinion.”

  • The case involves pollution from treated wastewater that Maui sends underground, where it mixes with groundwater and travels to the Pacific Ocean. The parties dispute whether the Clean Water Act’s permitting program applies to the discharges.
  • The Supreme Court heard the...
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