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Supreme Court to Wade Into Groundwater Pollution Fight (1)

Feb. 19, 2019, 2:44 PMUpdated: Feb. 19, 2019, 7:41 PM

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could radically change the way power plants, sewer systems, and other industries dispose of their wastewater.

The case gives the court’s nine justices an opportunity to settle a long unresolved question in the area of water law: Can businesses freely dispose of pollution into a groundwater source if that pollution eventually flows into a body of water on the surface?

Businesses and municipalities are arguing that the Clean Water Act’s pollution limits were never meant to apply to groundwater. However, environmentalists say that isn’t the case if it can be definitively...

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