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COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT v. STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BD., A100327

A "water quality based effluent limit" (WQBEL) for dioxin discharges does not have to be numeric in all cases, and under the circumstances of this case three administrative agencies properly approved the amended permit to discharge as a valid means of pollution control.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 06/13/2003
  • Published 06/13/2003

Judges

  • MARCHIANO, P.J.

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellant:
  •  William H. Freedman, Los Angeles, John R. Reese, San Francisco, Rick R. Rothman, David K. Bowles, Bingham McCutchen, for Tesoro Refining and Marketing Co., Chris Jensen, C.L.S., Michael R. Lozeau, Deborah A. Sivas, Earthjustice, San Francisco, for Communities for A Better Environment and San Francisco Baykeeper., Gregory R. McClintock, Scott C. McAdam, Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw, Los Angeles, for Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest and Appellant Western States Petroleum Ass'n., Melissa A. Thorme, Nicole E. Granquist, Courtney J. Hamamoto, Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer LLP, Sacramento, for Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest and Appellant Bay Area Clean Water Agencies.

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