What is the test for a federal agency's interpretation of a controlling statute?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from City Of Arcadia v. State Water Res. Control Bd., G041545, No. 06CC02974 (Cal. App. 2010):

"If the agency's action depends solely upon the correct interpretation of a statute, that is a question of law upon which the court exercises its independent judgment. [Citation.] In doing so, however, we are guided by the principle that an '"administrative [agency's] interpretation [of controlling statutes]... will be accorded great respect by the courts and will be followed if not clearly erroneous."' [Citations.]" (Wirth v. State of California (2006) 142 Cal.App.4th 131, 138.)

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