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Coastal Environ. Rights v. Cal. Reg. Wat. Quality Control Bd., 070171

In a case concerning residual pollutant discharges from public fireworks displays over the waters of the United States within the jurisdiction of the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region, challenging the Region's approval of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permit for public displays of fireworks over the region's surface water, the trial court's denial of plaintiff's petition for writ of mandamus is affirmed over claims that: 1) the trial court applied the wrong standard of review in denying its petition; 2) the Fireworks Permit violates federal law regarding water quality monitoring; and 3) the Fireworks Permit violates prohibitions in the State Water Resources Control Board's 2009 California Ocean Plan concerning discharges in areas of special biological significance (ASBS).

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2017/05/31



  • California Court of Appeal