June, 2021 Archive

Federal Court Delivers Major Victory Upholding State Primacy and Flexibility in Nutrient Criteria Development

June 15, 2021

The United States District Court Judge Laughrey of the Western District of Missouri upheld EPA’s approval of Missouri’s nutrient water quality criteria for lakes and reservoirs. EPA’s approval was challenged by the Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE). The decision is a landmark, nationwide precedent that bolsters the flexibility afforded to states in nutrient criteria […]

Pennsylvania Appeals Court Upholds Nutrient Trading

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania affirmed the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board’s May 2020 decision authorizing PADEP to allow nutrient credit trading permit provisions. In 2017, Food & Water Watch (FWW), filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board (Board) attacking the nutrient trading provisions in a Pennsylvania poultry processing plant’s NPDES permit. FWW argued, […]