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On Friday, July 31, 2015, Governor Inslee announced he would be directing the Washington Department of Ecology not to proceed with its pending draft rule water quality standards rule. The rulemaking process is required by the federal Clean Water Act to set standards to control toxic pollution in Washington waterways based on established health risks, including the amount of fish people eat (also known as the fish consumption rate). Governor Inslee’s announcement was prompted by a setback in the Washington state legislature, where the Governor failed to pass a related source control package.
A federal judge handed Oregon LNG a significant setback today. Oregon LNG proposes building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the East Skipanon Peninsula near Warrenton, Oregon, to export North American natural gas overseas. According to today’s ruling, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a valid legal right to use this property to deposit dredge spoils at the proposed terminal site. Unless the Army Corps is willing to forfeit the easement, Oregon LNG cannot build the proposed terminal.
Federal dam operators are breaking the law by allowing the Columbia River to reach lethally hot temperatures for salmon. Scientists report that 400,000 sockeye, 80 percent of the run, are dead or dying. Fishermen and conservation groups are calling on the Obama Administration to take action to stop the extreme river heat.