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Practical Alternatives for Silvicultural Pollution Reduction in Light of Decker v. NEDC

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dc.contributor.author Anderson, Erin
dc.date.accessioned 2013-12-11T21:13:11Z
dc.date.available 2013-12-11T21:13:11Z
dc.date.issued 2013-12
dc.identifier.citation 3 Wash. J. Env. Law & Pol'y 297 (2013) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2160-4169
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1304
dc.description Volume 3, issue 2, Nov. 2013 en_US
dc.description.abstract Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center is a recently decided Supreme Court case that originated in the forests of Oregon. Frustrated by the level of pollution in Oregon rivers that was originating from logging roads, an environmental group sued the State to enforce the Clean Water Act and require Oregon to issue National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for the pollution. The Supreme Court held that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to exclude water pollution from logging roads from NPDES permitting was entitled to deference, reversing the Ninth Circuit’s decision that such pollution required NPDES permits under the Clean Water Act and the EPA’s Silvicultural Rule. Part I will introduce the case and the issues more fully. Part II will provide the background to the case. Part III will discuss the case and its procedural history, focusing on the Ninth Circuit’s decision and the Supreme Court’s opinion. Part IV will discuss different policy models that may be useful to Oregon going forward. Part V will conclude that Oregon is still under pressure to change its policy, and that certain changes to its current regulations could reduce pollution from logging roads while still remaining cost-effective and with little administrative interference for the logging industry. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle, WA: University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Note en_US
dc.title Practical Alternatives for Silvicultural Pollution Reduction in Light of Decker v. NEDC en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Copyright 2013 by Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy. en_US

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