EPA Failure to Act Under the ESA for 20 Years Brings Action by NWEA

EPA Failure brings into question Washington’s water quality standards. In a sweeping case that addresses a wide variety of pollutants – from temperature to toxics –  NWEA has challenged EPA’s failure to consult under the Endangered Species Act on its approval of Washington’s  water quality standards dating to 1993.  At issue is whether Washington’s water quality standards are sufficiently protective of threatened and endangered salmon, orca whale, smelt, bull trout, and rockfish.  Some of the […]

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New Fire Risks in Nuclear Plants Spent Fuel Pools

NWEA Joins in Petition to NRC Seeking New Rules to prevent Fires in Spent Fuel Pools. Thirty-four organizations have petitioned the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission seeking new rules to ensure that all NRC licensing decisions address startling new information about the potential for fires in the spent fuel pools that house used reactor fuel.  The post-Fukushima analysis was developed by the NRC Staff which found that even a small fire could render 9,400 square miles […]

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