Refuse Act

Definition - What does Refuse Act mean?

Refuse Act is a United States federal law initiated under the Rivers and Harbors Act in 1899. The main focus of the act is to control water pollution and govern the use of waterways. The act enforces water quality standards and plays a chief role in the enforcement of some provisions that are listed under the federal water pollution control act. With the establishment of the act, the government was authorized to prosecute discharges of hazardous waste into waterways.

Petropedia explains Refuse Act

As a result of increasing public and governmental concern about water pollution in the 1960's, the United States government started using the Refuse Act to control the pollution of waterways. The act prohibits practices that can lead to pollution but only after the consent of the state. It is an effective weapon against pollution and was necessary to implement in order to analyze the ways of controlling the pollution of waterways. The act is applicable to coastal waters, inland waters and the water flowing across the borders of Mexico and Canada.

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