Lawsuit Filed over Idaho Toxics

NWEA filed a lawsuit over Idaho toxics standards because a 17 year delay by federal fish and wildlife agencies in reviewing the state’s water quality standards is unlawful. The lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, filed June 14, claims the agencies have unreasonably delayed taking action under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). NWEA’s case points out that the agencies determined as long ago as 2002 that Idaho’s […]

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NWEA resigns from Washington process to adopt new criteria for toxics

NWEA resigned from the Washington Department of Ecology’s process to adopt new human health criteria for toxics today. NWEA was the last remaining participant not affiliated with pollution sources. In a letter to Ecology Director Maia Bellon, NWEA wrote that “Ecology has pandered excessively to monied interests, failed to demonstrate a serious commitment to using the Clean Water Act to control toxic pollution, and will use the outcome of this Delegates’ Table process to justify […]

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