At some point between graduating from E&H with a B.S. in Environmental Science and taking every environmental law elective offered by ONU, I knew a good bit about the Clean Water Act. Since then, though, I have never had reason to look back at any environmental statutes. During my study of the CWA, I remember thinking that the citizen suit provision would be interesting to use sometime.
Patti McKenzi, a third-year law student at USC, however, has taken her study of the CWA to a new level and gave notice to Richland County, South Carolina, and state and federal officials, that she intended to utilize the citizen suit provision and sue them for $36.4 million for failing to enforce environmental laws. After receiving her notice, SC officials fined Richland County $830,549.00.