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Preventing Oil Spills in U.S. Waters

What's at Stake

The rule is designed to prevent discharges of oil into U.S. waters, and to contain those discharges if they occur.

Case Overview

Oil industry groups challenged an Environmental Protection Agency rule defining which waters enjoy certain federal protections from oil spills. Earthjustice intervened to oppose the industry challenge.

In March 2008, a federal district court invalidated the rule.

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Case Updates

June 19, 2006 | Feature

Background on Clean Water Cases Before the Supreme Court

The Clean Water Act is one of the nation's strongest environmental laws, but in recent years, industrial polluters have been making a concerted effort to dismantle the protections of the Clean Water Act.

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