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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Water Quality Trading an Oregon Failure

NWEA has just released an extensive letter from Executive Director, Nina Bell, to Region 10 of the U.S. EPA, dated July 17, 2014, that examines Oregon’s water quality trading program. In the letter, Ms. Bell details the many deficiencies plaguing the Oregon program that have undermined its structural integrity, robust safeguards, and administrative independence. Specifically, the letter points to three main areas of major concern: In the letter, Ms. Bell tells Dan Opalski, Director of […]

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Oregon cheating on water quality trading program

Pollution credit trading is a new idea that is already badly tarnished. Many examples of abuses exist, including an increase in production of dangerous gases in response to a United Nations climate change credit initiative. In the Pacific Northwest pollution credit trading is being touted as the solution to widespread pollution problems. But what happens when landowners are paid to plant trees they are already supposed to have planted? And what happens when agencies assume […]

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