Puget Sound Regulatory Breakdown

 Puget Sound Regulatory Breakdown: EPA asked to withdraw Permitting Authority from Washington State. Asserting that a review of 103 permits to discharge water pollution to Puget Sound demonstrates a complete regulatory breakdown, Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to withdraw Clean Water Act authorities from the State of Washington. NWEA’s petition explains that federal Clean Water Act permits must be tailored to pollution levels in the water that receives […]

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EPA TO WITHDRAW APPROVAL OF IDAHO ARSENIC STANDARD

In a federal court-signed order on June 7, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to retract its 2010 approval of Idaho arsenic standard for water quality. The lawsuit, filed by the Portland, OR-based Northwest Environmental Advocates last year, challenged EPA’s approval of standards because they failed to protect human health from the adverse effects of arsenic in fish and drinking water. The court order requires EPA to repeal its previous approval by September […]

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EPA Forced to Set Toxic Standards for Oregon Waters

U.S. EPA AGREES TO PROMULGATE TOXIC STANDARDS FOR OREGON WATERS Under the terms of a federal court order signed Friday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to develop federal rules for three toxic chemicals in Oregon’s waters. The three metals were called out by the federal fish and wildlife agencies in 2012 as dangerous to threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead. The lawsuit, filed by the Portland, OR-based Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) last year, […]

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NWEA gets Fed action on Oregon water temperature

Oregon’s Water Temperature; the Saga Continues NWEA has been working for protective water temperature standards in Oregon for 23 years. Now, two successful lawsuits later, the nation’s fish expert agency has completed its review of whether Oregon’s temperature standards are good enough to protect threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead—and the endangered killer whales that depend upon them. EPA had already given the big thumbs up. But, in November, the National Marine Fisheries Service found […]

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Federal Court Rules EPA’S Ship Discharge Permit Illegal

Today’s court decision completely vindicates the effort NWEA started nearly 17 years ago, to regulate ship discharge of ballast water laden with invasive species under the Clean Water Act.  In this, our fourth lawsuit on ballast water, the Second Circuit has issued a sweeping decision saying that EPA got nearly every aspect of the Vessel General Permit wrong.  This is a major victory that should result in EPA’s doing the work that the Clean Water […]

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EPA’s Early Involvement Needed in Oregon Water Quality Trading

NWEA and NEDC  Urge EPA’s Early Involvement in Oregon Water Quality Trading Rules Citing grave concerns about Oregon’s Clean Water Act permitting program, NWEA and the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) sent a letter to the U.S. EPA asking for its early involvement in Oregon water quality trading rules adoption. The letter highlighted two major issues.  First, NWEA and NEDC point out that EPA is required to review, and approve or disapprove, Oregon’s trading rules […]

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NWEA to Federal Agencies: New Oregon Logging Rules Deficient

NWEA Alerts EPA and NOAA to Deficiencies in New Oregon Logging Rules Following federal agencies’ January disapproval of Oregon’s coastal logging practices, NWEA has written the agencies to alert them to deficiencies in the development of new logging rules for private forests. The Oregon Department of Forestry has been slowly moving to adopt rules to respond to a study it complete that demonstrates current logging rules result in warming of stream temperatures. NWEA’s letter details […]

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EPA, Issue Standards For Oregon Toxics Or Else!

NWEA sends “Notice of Intent” to file Lawsuit over Oregon Toxics. NWEA informed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today to expect a lawsuit in 60 days due to its failure to ensure Oregon toxics standards protect threatened and endangered salmon. NWEA told EPA that it would sue to force the agency to adopt limits for four toxic pollutants that a federal fishery agency determined jeopardize threatened and endangered salmon at current allowable levels. “Everything […]

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Federal Agencies Disapprove Oregon Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program

Poor Logging Practices Cause Agencies to Disapprove Oregon Coastal NonPoint Pollution Program. Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution program was disapproved by federal agencies today based on the state’s poor logging practices, as a result of a 2009 lawsuit brought by Northwest Environmental Advocates. In a decision that federal law required the agencies to make nearly two decades ago, EPA and NOAA slammed the state’s failure to protect water quality and fish from logging practices in the […]

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Ballast Water Appeal Goes to NY

Federal Appeals Court in New York to Hear Oral Argument in Chanllenge to Ballast Water Discharge Permit On Friday, January 30, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, located in New York, will hear oral argument in a challenge to the legality of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Vessel General Permit (VGP). The permit requires treatment of ballast water discharges that contain invasive species. Once discharged, populations of invasive species— such […]

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