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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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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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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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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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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Columbia Generating Station Water Permit Challenged

State Court asked to overturn Columbia Generation Station water pollution permit NWEA has asked a state court to overturn the new Clean Water Act discharge permit issued by the State of Washington to the Columbia Generating Station. This plant, located at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, is the only one of five “WPPSS” reactors to have been completed.  Joining NWEA in the request are the Northwest Environmental Defense Center (NEDC) and Columbia Riverkeeper. The Washington Energy […]

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