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Court skeptical of utility pole pesticide runoff claims

A three-judge panel of the 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals appeared unconvinced Wednesday by an environmental group's argument that pesticide-treated wood utility poles are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act (CWA) and the Resource and Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA), echoing industry concerns that such a view could lead to an unprecedented and potentially endless expansion of the reach of both statutes.

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