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Indirect Discharges under the Clean Water Act

June 12, 2020

WVU College of Law with option to attend via live webcast.

Registration: $65

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This price includes admission and a digital coursebook.

You may attend this lecture In-Person or by LIVE Webinar. Either option will constitute live credit and will not be charged against your allowable total of audio/visual (A/V) credit per reporting cycle. Questions? Call WVCLE.

Credit Information TBA!

12:00 p.m.

Indirect Discharges under the Clean Water Act


Recent cases, including one presently before the United States Supreme Court, address whether a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit must be acquired for “indirect” discharges of pollutants. The cases, often referred to as “groundwater as conduit” cases, explore situations, including several coal ash pond sites, where pollutants are released into groundwater, and the groundwater, along with the pollutants, eventually make their way to navigable waters. Arguments were heard in one of these cases before the United States Supreme Court in November of 2019. Depending upon the ruling of the Court, the ramifications for industry, and particularly the energy industry, could be profound. This webinar explores the case law and possible implications, and discusses the United States Supreme Court decision, which should be released prior to the webinar date.

Professor Jesse Richardson 
WVU College of Law


Materials: An electronic PDF written materials book will be sent via email prior to the conference. 

Tuition Refund Policy: Registration refunds will be available if the cancellation is received three business days prior to the webinar. Refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee. Preregistered attorneys who do not attend will receive a digital copy of the program.

Reasonable Accommodation: If you have a disability that requires special accommodation, please contact the WVCLE office at (304) 293-7255 at least 10 days prior to the program date.

LIVE Webinar: This live webinar is accredited for one (1.0)WV MCLE credit hour of In-Person MCLE credit. The webinar link will be distributed approximately one week prior from the date of the seminar.