Lawsuit Seeks Federal Action on Puget Sound Pollution

Calling for federal action, NWEA filed a lawsuit today against two federal agencies for their failure to force Washington State to control polluted runoff in the state’s coastal watersheds, including Puget Sound. A similar lawsuit in Oregon resulted in cuts to that state’s federal funding earlier this year. The lawsuit asks the federal district court to force two federal agencies—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)—to impose Congressionally-mandated […]

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Oregon Told: Fix River Temperature Pollution

A federal magistrate judge is recommending that NWEA win its lawsuit challenging clean-up plans developed by Oregon to address the state’s widespread river temperature pollution.  Oregon District Court Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta issued his decision in a case brought by the Portland-based Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) late Wednesday afternoon.  The case followed a 2012 court order that invalidated the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) approval of an Oregon rule that allowed the state to […]

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Federal Lawsuit Will Seek to Protect Puget Sound

Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA) is threatening two federal agencies with a lawsuit in 60 days over Washington State’s failure to control polluted runoff in coastal watersheds, including Puget Sound.  On  asserted that the agencies were failing to protect threatened and endangered species in violation of federal law. The letter is the opening salvo in a case that is intended to force the federal agencies—the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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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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Puget Sound aquatic species endangered by Federal inaction

Lawsuit Challenges Federal Inaction To Evaluate Toxic Effects in Puget Sound Federal inaction is putting threatened and endangered species that use Puget Sound and other Washington waters at greater risk, according to a lawsuit filed in Seattle yesterday. Northwest Environmental Advocates in its lawsuit is accusing federal agencies of failing to complete formal evaluations of the effects of cyanide and copper on threatened and endangered species that depend upon Puget Sound and Washington’s waters. Some […]

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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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Lawsuit Seeks Reduced Arsenic in Idaho Waters

NWEA sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday over its 2010 approval of Idaho’s water quality standards for arsenic.  The levels approved by EPA are up to 1,000 times more than EPA has determined are safe for people to consume through eating fish and drinking water.  The complaint can be found here. Idaho had chosen to use EPA’s standards from the Safe Drinking Water Act instead of EPA’s recommendations under the Clean Water Act, resulting […]

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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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NWEA Continues Fight on Invasive Species

On Friday, August 1st NWEA filed yet another a legal brief challenging EPA’s failure to adequately restrict invasive species in ships’ ballast water discharges.  Fifteen years and four lawsuits later, NWEA continues its fight to stop invasive species from destroying the nation’s aquatic ecosystems.  For insight into what’s at stake, read this recent four-part series on invasive species in ballast water in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. NWEA’s previous actions have forced EPA to use the […]

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