“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
I love threads like this from Cons. Because it shows a fundamental lack of understanding of environmental laws. The ruling was dealing with hazardous materials in storm water which is EPA's pervue. However EPA almost never gets involved in this matter since the Clean Water Act is the the presiding statute in this matter and it is managed by the states under the concept of primacy. So the ruling has litttle or no value and even less meaning. A judge is showboating for his next election. Nothing more.
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac
Don't you understand that if you can regulate something you can control it? and that is exactly what Obama wants - control over everything, because if he has control everything he can control you!
Are you really John Galt or are you just making that up?
Father Serra's Legacy - novels about the history of the California missions
The EPA has gone crazy since Lisa Jackson took over. In the last 5 years they have attacked two large areas of recycling and almost succeeded to destroying both eliminating hundreds of businesses and thousands of jobs.
Stormwater runoff is rain that falls on streets, parking areas, sports fields, gravel lots, rooftops or other developed land and flows directly into nearby lakes, rivers and Puget Sound. The drizzling or pounding rain picks up and mixes with what's on the ground:
Oil, grease, metals and coolants from vehicles;
Fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals from gardens and homes;
Bacteria from pet wastes and failing septic systems;
Soil from construction sites and other bare ground;
Soaps from car or equipment washing; and
Accidental spills, leaky storage containers, tobacco spit and whatever else ends up on the ground.
The polluted runoff then rushes into nearby gutters and storm drains and into Puget Sound's streams, lakes, rivers and bays. In most areas, stormwater runoff enters these waters without being cleaned of pollutants.
Why is stormwater a problem?
Across the U.S., unmanaged stormwater runoff has caused serious damage to streams, lakes and estuaries, particularly where land uses change from rural to urban activities. ....
The Washington Department of Ecology estimates that one-third of all the polluted waters in the state are polluted by stormwater runoff. Stormwater pollution has contributed to closing thousands of acres of productive shellfish growing beaches. Stormwater runoff can also close swimming beaches and contaminate drinking water supplies.
Poorly managed stormwater causes three big problems:
Pollution from stormwater contaminates our waters, closes local businesses, and harms or kills fish and other wildlife. As stormwater passes over developed land, it picks up pollutants and transports them to the nearest storm drain and eventually Puget Sound's rivers and bays.
Flooding harms streams and wetlands and destroys habitat needed for fish and other wildlife. Unable to soak into the ground, stormwater quickly flows or floods downstream from developed land during the rainy season. As a result, floods can damage homes and businesses, flood septic system drain fields and overwhelm streams, wetlands and wildlife habitat.
Water shortages in growing communities may occur, especially in developed areas with impervious surfaces or areas where water cannot filtrate through, such as roads, parking lots and rooftops. The impervious surfaces keep rainfall from soaking into the ground and replenishing groundwater and streams used for drinking water or fish habitat.
Stormwater runoff pollution and how to reduce it