The Supreme Court sided with a company that wants to appeal a Clean Water Act determination claiming private land is “waters of the U.S.” and Iran has found shipping partners to bring its oil to international markets.
SCOTUS Rules Against Clean Water Act
The Supreme Court recently ruled against the Obama administration in a case regarding water pollution permits.
The nation’s highest court ruled unanimously that a landowner can appeal through the federal court system a determination from the Army Corps of Engineers that a water body is subject to federal jurisdiction and permit requirements under the Clean Water Act.
The court’s eight justices agreed in Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co. Inc. that the Corps’ final “jurisdictional determination” regarding a peat mining company’s wetlands is a “final agency action,” so the company can challenge it like any regulation. The case is likely to have consequences for the federal government’s entire enforcement of the Clean Water Act, the main law regarding pollution control.
Iranian Oil Coming to Market Faster Than Expected
More than 25 European and Asian-owned supertankers are shipping Iranian oil, data seen by Reuters shows, allowing Tehran to ramp up exports much faster than analysts had expected following the lifting of sanctions in January.
Iran was struggling as recently as April to find partners to ship its oil, but after an agreement on a temporary insurance fix more than a third of Iran’s crude shipments are now being handled by foreign vessels.