What Is The Clean Water Act?

The Clean Water Act of 1977 was intended to address the growing problem of water pollution in the United States. The Act empowered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); to set limits for pollutant levels in the country`s water supply; issue standards for industry, as well as giving it enforcement powers to oversee compliance to these standards. The EPA has turned much of the enforcement power over to the individual states; however, it retains authority to oversee their policy. In addition, The Water Act has been amended over the years to provide for private party lawsuits, and to allow the EPA to fund sewage treatment plants.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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