This Comment critiques the EPA's use of its discretionary power in enforcing water pollution problems under the Clean Water Act, arguing that the EPA's use of its discretionary power to stay enforcement of environmental standards has resulted in the continued existence of many environmental problems. The author traces the federal role in water pollution enforcement and the development of the use of federal discretionary powers. The author further examines the viability of citizen suits and other alternatives to EPA enforcement. The author presents a proposal to strengthen the enforcement of the Clean Water Act by limiting discretionary enforcement.
Edward E. Yates,
Federal Water Pollution Laws: A Critical Lack of Enforcement by the Environmental Protection Agency,
San Diego L. Rev.
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