Supreme Court hears arguments in L.A. storm water runoff case (LA Times)

December 4, 2012 – The Supreme Court gave a skeptical hearing Tuesday to a Los Angeles lawyer who sought to absolve the county’s flood control district of responsibility for polluted storm water that flows into the Pacific Ocean.
“Doesn’t common sense suggest” the flood control district is responsible? asked Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. “The storm sewer system in Los Angeles hasn’t been shut down, right? You don’t question that there was an actual discharge [of pollutants]. What is it monitoring if not discharges … for which you’re responsible?” During the argument, the justices focused on the words of the permit issued to the district. They gave no hint they would rule broadly on the problem of storm water runoff, which is national in scope.

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