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4th Cir.: Pleading standard clarified for CWA discharge claims (access required)

On an issue of first impression in this circuit, plaintiffs in citizen suits under the Clean Water Act must allege a “direct hydrological connection” between ground water and navigable waters in order to state a claim for a discharge of a pollutant that passes through ground water. Background The Plaintiffs, conservation groups, allege that in late 2014, ...