Boston does not love that dirty water storm runoff, says new lawsuit

Despite a promised crackdown on Boston-area stormwater runoff that would require polluters to obtain permits under a little-used provision in the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to follow through, say environmental groups in a new lawsuit.

Properties such as big box stores, strip malls, apartment complexes and universities have for decades been major contributors to polluted water flowing into the Mystic, Charles, and Neponset rivers, said the Conservation Law Foundation and others in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Massachusetts federal court.

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