Court Asked to Fix Oregon Water Pollution Program

Case Challenges Oregon Water Pollution “Zombie Permits Challenging the legality of a water pollution permitting program in which over 75 percent of Oregon’s largest polluters operate under expired permits, two environmental groups filed suit today against the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  The groups say they are seeking to make sure that Oregon discharge permits reflect modern science.  Oregon ranks 49th out of 50 states when it comes to keeping permits up-to-date. “Oregon’s expired […]

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New Toxic Standards Sought in Washington State

LAWSUIT SEEKS NEW TOXIC STANDARDS TO PROTECT SALMON IN WASHINGTON WATERS Asserting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has failed to bring Washington State’s water quality standards out of the last century, an environmental group sued the federal agency on Tuesday. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court by the Portland, Oregon-based Northwest Environmental Advocates (NWEA), challenges EPA’s failure to respond to an 88-page petition submitted to the federal agency over three years ago, […]

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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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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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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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