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Responding to a Notice of Intent to Sue under the Industrial General Permit for Stormwater Discharges

August 13, 2015

What Is an NOI?

An NOI is a letter from a person or group threatening to sue under the citizens suit provisions of the Clean Water Act (CWA or Act) for alleged violations of the Act. In a citizen suit, private parties may sue to enforce the CWA – and state-approved programs such as the IGP– by seeking a court order to compel compliance. In addition, the court has discretion to award fines and penalties for non-compliance and to award the plaintiffs their litigation fees and costs.

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