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 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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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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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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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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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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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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