||Federal judge rules EPA
overstepped authority trying to regulate water as pollutant in Virginia
Published January 04,
Virginia officials scored
a key victory Thursday in their battle with the Environmental Protection
Agency over what EPA critics describe as a land takeover.
U.S. District Judge Liam
O'Grady in Alexandria ruled late Thursday that the EPA exceeded its authority
by attempting to regulate stormwater runoff into a Fairfax County creek
as a pollutant. O'Grady sided with the Virginia Department of Transportation
and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, which challenged EPA's stormwater
"Stormwater runoff is not
a pollutant, so EPA is not authorized to regulate it," O'Grady said.
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
says the ruling could ultimately save Virginia taxpayers more than $300
An EPA spokesman could not
be reached for comment after business hours.
the case, Virginia Dept. of Transportation, et. al. v. United States Environmental
Protection Agency, et. al., here
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