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EPA: Water Cannot Be Considered A Pollutant

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A new ruling saying that water cannot be considered a pollutant may have saved Virginians some money. A federal judge ruled Thursday the Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its boundaries trying to regulate stormwater.

Supporters of the ruling say if the regulations were upheld, tax payer money would have gone toward devices to store the water. However, the proposed regulations and ruling won't affect anyone in this area.

"I don't think the case that was decided yesterday affects anything locally since these plans in the Charlottesville area are being developed by our state agency DEQ, rather than EPA itself," said Executive Director of Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Tom Frederick.

The next step for the EPA would be to take it up with Congress to ask for broader authority.

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