Understanding the Clean Water Act

Expanded in the 1970s, the Clean Water Act (CWA) was put in place to protect natural water environments from the effects of pollution and unnatural toxins. The CWA regulates how much and what kinds of toxins can be discharged into water, with the aim of protecting these natural environments from dangerous contaminants. If some entity violates the CWA, it may be subject to legal and financial consequences. The BP oil spill of 2010 represents one such violation, and this oil spill is still affecting people today.

If you or someone you know has been negatively affected by the 2010 BP oil spill and you are having trouble securing the compensation you need to cover your losses, help is available. Contact the experienced Gulf of Mexico oil spill claim attorneys of Williams Hart today by calling 800-821-1544 to learn more about your legal options.

Basics of the CWA

The CWA is a formal and complex legal regulation, so it may be difficult to fully understand. However, the following are some of the most important facts regarding the CWA:

  • Fines for violations often have a per-day range of $5,000 – $25,000.
  • The limit can be raised up to $1,000,000 for large corporations.
  • The limit can be raised up to $50,000 per day for individuals.
  • A permit is required to discharge toxins into water, regulated by the EPA.
  • There are different regulations for individual homes and larger corporations.

These are broader specifications of the CWA, and you can learn much more by accessing the EPA’s summary of the CWA. However, if you know that a person is in violation of the CWA, you can take action now to fight this violation. Also, if you were affected by the 2010 Gulf oil spill, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your losses.

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