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Clean Water Act
The Clean Water Act is the primary federal law in the United States governing water pollution. Commonly abbreviated as the CWA, the act established the goals of eliminating releases of high amounts of toxic substances into water, eliminating additional water pollution by 1985, and ensuring that surface waters would meet standards necessary for human sports and recreation by 1983.
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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
A provision of the Clean Water Act which prohibits discharge of pollutants into waters of the United States unless a special permit is issued by EPA, a state, or, where delegated, a tribal government on an Indian reservation.
Provided as a public service by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
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