nBetter known as the Clean Water Act, the law is designed to control water pollution by regulating industrial and other discharges.
nAlthough the Clean Water Act is enforced primarily through civil means, criminal sanctions have been imposed for willful or negligent violations of certain provisions concerning permits and the making of false statements.
nA majority of the states have programs approved by the EPA. While states vary somewhat in their approaches, many provide penalties similar to those in the federal
act for either willful or
negligent violations of water pollution provisions.