The Federal Water Pollution Control Acts Amendment of 1972 addressed the growing concern of many Americans about the degrading quality of water in lakes, streams, oceans, etc. In 1977, the act was amended and became known as the Clean Water Act. This act helps to regulate the amount of pollutant discharge from industries and set safety requirements for water. In addition, the law makes it a federal crime to discharge any pollutants without a permit. Over the years, there have been many amendments and modifications to the Clean Water Act.
There are many types of water pollutants. However, the most common types are listed below. These include:
An environmental emergency requires citizens to take immediate action to prevent any future damage. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists various steps to report any environmental concerns. These include:
An experienced environmental attorney can be extremely helpful in addressing any issues regarding water pollution. In addition, businesses or neighbors that have not taken proper safety measures in discharging pollutants or chemicals may be liable for a negligence action.
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