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Application of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to the Former Panama Canal Zone

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The Panama Canal Treaty and its implementing legislation make U.S. laws based on territorial jurisdiction, including the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, inapplicable to the former Panama Canal Zone. Both the Treaty negotiators and Congress expected environmental problems in the former Canal Zone to be dealt with jointly by the United States and Panama through the Joint Commission on the Environment.

Updated July 9, 2014