A federal appeals court has sided with the Kentucky Waterways Alliance and other groups against the EPA over Kentucky water quality laws. The Clean Water Act requires the EPA to regulate the discharge of pollutants into water bodies. But it also requires states to develop their own laws to maintain water quality. Plaintiffs in the suit alleged that Kentucky’s laws contained too many exemptions to be effective, including one for coal mining discharges. Now, after an expensive legal battle, Kentucky Waterways Alliance head Judy Peterson says the court has ordered the EPA to review Kentucky’s regulations
“We’re hopeful that at this point they’re going to be willing to sit down and work with us as well. Solving these issues through the court system really has to be, you know, the last resort,” says Peterson.
The Kentucky Division of Water did not offer comment on the ruling.