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Press Release July 31, 2023

Public Comments Sought For Lahaina Wastewater Facility Clean Water Act Permit

Ocean advocates to host educational event on August 5th at Hawai‘i Wildlife Discovery Center

A turtle surfaces offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.
(Courtesy of Don McLeish)
feature October 21, 2021

The Clean Water Case of the Century

The Supreme Court kept the Clean Water Act intact, dealing a major loss to the Trump administration and its pro-polluter agenda. The court's decision solidifies the Clean Water Act’s place as one of the nation’s most effective environmental laws.

Document October 21, 2021

Order Denying Motion for Reconsideration: First Application of Supreme Court’s Maui Test, Court Reaffirms Protection for Nation’s Waters

Hawai‘i Federal Court Rejects Request to Reconsider Decision that Lahaina Injection Wells Require Clean Water Act Permit

Press Release: Victory October 21, 2021

In First Application of Supreme Court’s Maui Test, Court Reaffirms Protection for Nation’s Waters

Hawai‘i federal court rejects request to reconsider decision that Lahaina injection wells require Clean Water Act permit

A turtle surfaces offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.
(Courtesy of Don McLeish)
Press Release: Victory July 16, 2021

In First Application of Supreme Court’s “Maui” Clean Water Act Test, Environmental Protection Prevails

Hawai‘i federal court decides Maui County’s Lahaina facility requires Clean Water Act permit

Document July 15, 2021

Order: District of Hawaiʻi Grants Leaves Clean Water Act in tact

Remand comes back a victory in the Supreme Court landmark water case

Document April 23, 2020

U.S. Supreme Court Decision in County of Maui vs. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund

The U.S. Supreme Court rules to keep the Clean Water Act intact, dealing a major loss to the Trump administration and its pro-polluter agenda. The opinion was written by Justice Breyer with a vote of 6-3; with Chief Justice Roberts joining the opinion, along with Ginsburg, Sotomayor, Kagan, and Kavanaugh.

A turtle surfaces offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.
(Courtesy of Don McLeish)
Press Release: Victory April 23, 2020

Supreme Court Leaves the Clean Water Act Intact

Court decision leaves in place vital protections for the nation’s oceans, rivers, lakes

Escenas de áreas más saludables y sin daños del arrecife frente a la costa del Parque de Playa Kahekili, Maui, Hawái.
(Foto cortesía de DON MCLEISH)
Press Release: Victory April 23, 2020

Victoria: La Corte Suprema de Justicia Deja Intacta la Ley de Agua Limpia

La decisión del tribunal superior establece protecciones vitales para los océanos, ríos y lagos de la nación.

Earthjustice attorney David Henkin went to the Supreme Court to argue Hawaiʻi Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui.
(Melissa Lyttle for Earthjustice)
Article April 23, 2020

Our Lawyer Just Got a Big Win for Clean Water at the Supreme Court

Earthjustice attorney David Henkin went to the Supreme Court to protect the right to clean water for his clients – and for all Americans. The court’s decision upholds those protections and rejects the Trump administration’s effort to blow a big hole in the Clean Water Act.

A turtle surfaces offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaii.
(Courtesy of Don McLeish)
Press Release November 4, 2019

The Clean Water Case of the Century Heads to the Supreme Court

On November 6, four Maui community groups and Earthjustice will defend the Clean Water Act

Savannah Riverkeeper Tonya Bonitatibus documents pollution around the Anderson County pipeline spill in 2016.
(Image Courtesy of Mike Mather / SELC)
Article October 30, 2019

Clean Water Case at Supreme Court Could Have Ripple Effects Across Country

No one voted for polluted rivers, lakes, and oceans.

A turtle swims offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaiʻi. (Courtesy of Don McLeish)
Press Release September 20, 2019

Maui County Council Votes to Settle Clean Water Act Case to Avoid Historic Standoff at Supreme Court

Earthjustice attorney reacts to decision over the future of the Clean Water Act

A turtle swims offshore of Kahekili Beach Park, Maui, Hawaiʻi. (Courtesy of Don McLeish)
Press Release September 9, 2019

Maui Council Committee Votes in Favor of Settling Lahaina Injection Wells Case

In the 11th hour, the Maui Council Committee agree to recommend settlement to the full council at the end of the month

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed the Clean Power Plan, but business leaders are already working on the transition to clean energy sources and have no plans to stop.
(Photo by Earthjustice)
Press Release July 22, 2019

Former EPA Heads, 13 States, Native American Tribe, Beer Brewers, Others Join Supreme Court Clean Water Act Case

Bipartisan coalition opposes Maui County, Trump administration in case that threatens clean water across U.S.

Degraded coral reefs at Kahekili Beach Park in west Maui, Hawai‘i. (Peter Swarzenski / USGS)
Press Release April 16, 2019

Trump Administration Reverses Position in Supreme Court Hawaiʻi Clean Water Act Case

Administration sides with industry to allow polluters to use groundwater as sewers

Degraded coral reefs at Kahekili Beach Park in west Maui, Hawai‘i.
(Peter Swarzenski / USGS)
Press Release February 19, 2019

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Hawaiʻi Clean Water Act Case

The decision risks Clean Water Act protections against polluters using groundwater as sewers

Document March 30, 2018

Lahaina Injection Wells Order and amended Opinion

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii Susan O. Mollway, Senior District Judge, Presiding
Argued and Submitted October 12, 2017 University of Hawaii Manoa Filed February 1, 2018 Amended March 30, 2018