Clean Water Act

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Clean Water Act

Legislation originally enacted in 1972, and amended several times since then, that establishes comprehensive national policies for water quality management. The laws are enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (www.epa.gov).

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Passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970 and the Clean Water Act of 1972 addressed polluted skies and waterways.
That is why Northwest Environmental Associates sued the state under the Clean Water Act of 1972 and won in an ongoing battle over turbidity, temperature and non-point pollution.
Other important environmental laws that followed included the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the Resources Hanning Act of 1974 (reorganizing Forest Service decision-making), the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (the "organic act" for the Bureau of Land Management), the Resources Conservation and Recovery Act of 1976 (controlling hazardous waste disposal), the Surface Mining Act of 1977 (controlling surface coal mining), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1978 (controlling oil and gas leasing) and, finally in 1980, the Superfund law (cleaning up preexisting waste sites).
The Clean Water Act of 1972 was landmark legislation that set an ambitious objective to "restore and maintain the physical, chemical and biological integrity of the nation's waters." It established an aggressive program to upgrade wastewater treatment plants across the country to meet higher levels of discharge quality.
UNDER the Clean Water Act of 1972, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers are granted jurisdiction over the "navigable waters" of the United States.
Although the Clean Water Act of 1972 halted the dumping of industrial waste and city sewage into U.S.
Thanks to tough antipollution laws like the Clean Water Act of 1972, many factories stopped treating rivers and lakes like garbage dumps.
The federal government has set a strict timetable for reaching compliance with the Clean Water Act of 1972. If deadlines are missed, fines of US$500 to US$5,000 per day can be imposed.