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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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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Oregon CZARA Grant Cut Due to Poor Logging Practices

Federal agencies cut Oregon CZARA Grant Two federal agencies have cut Oregon CZARA grant funding by $1.2 million because the state has failed to protect water quality from logging activities in coastal watersheds. The funding cuts are required by federal law, which is intended to induce states to control water pollution to protect fish, wildlife, and public health. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have said for 18 […]

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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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Forcing Agencies to Control Oregon Logging Pollution

There are new developments as NWEA tries to force federal and state agencies to control Oregon logging pollution using a federal law known as CZARA. As the long saga continues, it’s getting increasingly stranger. In 2010, two federal agencies agreed—in an order signed by a federal judge— to withhold a portion of Oregon’s federal grant funds if Oregon failed to gain approval of its program to control runoff pollution in coastal watersheds. In January of […]

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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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