Current Issues with the Clean Water Act with Mark Ryan

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Mark Ryan, a former top US EPA attorney now in private practice, joins The Water Values Podcast and provides an insider’s view on the Clean Water Act and several important developments affecting the Clean Water Act. Apart from his outstanding analysis of three pending cases (Waters of the U.S. Rule, Water Transfer Rule, and Des Moines), Mark also fills us in on some general administrative law issues (the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017) and his thoughts on how the Trump administration might handle these issues.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • The history of the Clean Water Act
  • What limnology is
  • What the purpose of the Clean Water Act is
  • How the Clean Water Act is administered
  • The five-part test for Clean Water Act applicability
  • How the Clean Water Act has evolved from 1972 to present
  • The Waters of the U.S. Rule & related litigation
  • The Water Transfer Rule case
  • The Des Moines drainage tile point source case
  • What “point source” means

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