Case Summary Citation

Sierra Club v. Virginia Electric & Power Company, 903 F.3d 403 (4th Cir. 2018).


The Sierra Club alleged Dominion violated the Clean Water Act by allowing arsenic to leak from coal ash storage pits into state waters. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals found for the polluter, using a narrow definition of point source. Additionally, the Fourth Circuit deferred to agency interpretation of the polluter’s permit to find no violation occurred.



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