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Court Rules County of Maui Must Obtain Permit Under CWA

Court Rules County of Maui Must Obtain Permit Under CWA

Author: Daniel T. McKillopDate: August 25, 2021

A Hawaii federal judge has concluded that the County of Maui must obtain a permit under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for its wastewater treatment facility, resolving a lawsuit that has lasted for nearly a decade. In reaching her decision, U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway applied the factors established by the U.S. Supreme Court in County of Maui, Hawaii v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund.  

The suit centers on four wells owned and operated by the County of Maui (County). The Lahaina Wastewater Reclamation Facility (LWRF) is the principal municipal wastewater treatment plant for West Maui and processes four million gallons of sewage per day from approximately 40,000 people. 

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