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RI Federal Court Sides With EPA On Stormwater Permitting Requirements

A federal court in Rhode Island recently held for the EPA on the scope of its non-discretionary duties regarding stormwater discharges.  The case arises out of the EPA’s failure to (i) notify certain commercial and industrial polluters that they must obtain stormwater discharge permits and install operational controls, and (ii) provide them with applications for … Continue Reading

Corps Jurisdiction Determinations Reviewable

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on May 31 in United States Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co., Inc.[1] that final decisions by the Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) concerning the limits of its jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act can be challenged in court. The Clean Water Act (“Act”) regulates the discharge of pollutants … Continue Reading

Zoning Commission Expertise Due Limited Deference in Eyes of Court

The Connecticut Superior Court recently ruled that the Town of Rocky Hill Planning & Zoning Commission (Commission) exceeded its authority by approving a fill permit application to construct a road at the site of the former Rocky Hill landfill located partially within the Town’s Floodplain Overlay District.  The decision – which culminates a five-year zoning … Continue Reading

Connecticut Supreme Court Dials Back CT DEEP’s Authority Over Permit Applications

In a decision that could have broad implications for all companies regulated by the DEEP, the Connecticut Supreme Court recently upheld a permit applicant’s challenge to the Agency’s authority under the Connecticut Water Diversion Policy Act. The ruling in Tilcon Connecticut v. Commission of Environmental Protection, 317 Conn. 628 (July 2015), pushes back on a … Continue Reading
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