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April 11, 2013

Utility poles are not "point sources"

Last week, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that telephone companies are not liable for chemicals used to treat utility poles¬†that end up in the nation’s waters.¬† Telephone poles are typically treated with a variety of chemicals to preserve them against the elements.¬ ...