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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled to keep the Clean Water Act intact, dealing a major loss to the Trump administration and its pro-polluter agenda. The fate of the nation’s clean water hung in the balance.

The nation’s highest court has sided with clean water advocates in a decades-long legal dispute involving a wastewater treatment plant, its pollution discharges, and a partially dead coral reef in Hawaiʻi. The U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Apr. 23, solidifying the Clean Water Act’s place as one of the nation’s most effective environmental laws. The Court’s decision leaves in place vital protections for the nation’s oceans, rivers, and lakes.

“This decision is a huge victory for clean water,” said David Henkin, the Earthjustice attorney who argued the case before the court. “We are glad the Court has recognized the importance of protecting clean water for all Americans.”

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