A federal court has ordered Oregon and federal pollution regulators to replace the existing water quality plans in many of Oregon’s river basins. The court also set schedules for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the federal Environmental Protection Agency to complete the new plans.
Washington and Oregon filed a lawsuit this week challenging Trump Administration rules revising implementation of the Endangered Species Act.
Opposing sides argued before a three-judge panel at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should complete regulations for temperature, known as Total Maximum Daily Load, for the Snake and Columbia rivers, or whether completing the TMDL is the responsibility of Oregon and Washington.
Seven environmental groups have filed a joint lawsuit challenging recent changes to rules for implementing the Endangered Species Act, declaring the changes amount to “an unprecedented weakening” of protections for endangered and threatened species.
The Environmental Protection Agency is challenging a 2018 lower court decision at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled the agency must complete temperature limits for the Columbia and Snake rivers.
The Trump Administration unveiled “improvements” to the Endangered Species Act’s implementing regulations this week, drawing immediate opposition and promised legal action from environmental groups and some political leaders.
The Washington Department of Ecology is demanding the Environmental Protection Agency hold more than two “online public hearings” as the federal agency moves forward on efforts to revise the state’s “fish consumption rule” which guides water quality standards.
A federal judge has denied the request of three conservation groups to order a federal agency to make immediate changes at federal Willamette River dams to improve conditions for migrating juveniles and spawning adult threatened spring chinook and winter steelhead.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday the Canadian government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion was “alarming and deeply disappointing.”