The US Supreme Court takes on the Clean Water Act, whiskey flasks, and punch

Ephrat Livni
The US Supreme Court takes on the Clean Water Act, whiskey flasks, and punch

On Nov. 6 the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in an environmental case pitting the County of Maui against the Hawaii Wildlife Fund. It’s a fight over pollution and the Clean Water Act (CWA) that could have far-reaching implications for the environment. The Hawaii Wildlife Fund says pollutants from four wastewater injection wells, where waste from the community is gathered and treated before being released deep into the ground, owned by the Maui government, are reaching the Pacific Ocean, violating the CWA.