The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that the anti-duplication provisions of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) do not apply in the absence of a stormwater discharge permit issued under the Clean Water Act. Therefore, unregulated stormwater discharges are potentially subject to RCRA citizen suits and specifically imminent and substantial endangerment suits under 42 USC § 6972(A)(1)(B).

In our report on this case, prepared by Jeffrey L. Hunter, we look at the background of the decision in Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas Electric Company and the potential impact on owners of retail, commercial and warehouse facilities that are not required to obtain coverage under a stormwater discharge permit. Our report is available here.