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US court overturns pesticide permit rule

A US court has overturned an EPA regulation exempting certain pesticide applications from permit requirements under the Clean Water Act (CWA). The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that residual and excess pesticides in water constitute “point sources” and that dischargers of such pesticide pollutants require a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit under the CWA.

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