U.S. District Court in New Orleans Sides with EPA & Farm Bureau

by Stephen Davies, Agri-Pulse Communications

"EPA's ‘policy' of partnering with the states and maintaining a states-in-the-first-instance approach is . . . an integral part of the (Clean Water Act) as enacted by Congress,” U.S. District Judge Jay C. Zainey said in his opinion, issued Dec. 15.  But Zainey, who sits in the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans, said the CWA takes a “state-driven approach” to water pollution.