Clark County loses polluted runoff case

VANCOUVER, Wash. — The state Court of Appeals has ruled against Clark County, saying its alternative plan for managing polluted runoff doesn’t provide the protection required by clean water laws.

The Columbian said Tuesday’s court decision affirmed a 2011 ruling by the state Pollution Control Hearings Board. That board found the county’s alternative stormwater plan was not as protective as the state’s regular permit standards.

Clark County came up with an alternative plan to control rainwater runoff in an agreement with the state Department of Ecology. In 2010, the Rosemere Neighborhood Association, Columbia Riverkeeper and Northwest Environmental Defense Center challenged Clark County’s plan to the hearings board.

Clark County and the Building Industry Association of Clark County appealed to the appellate court, arguing the board overstepped its authority.

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