Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Court battle

Washington, Oregon join Clean Water Rule lawsuit

U.S. EPA

Capital Press

Washington, Oregon and eight other states sued the Trump administration to rescue the Clean Water Rule. The states claim that discarding the 2015 rule’s definition of “waters of the United States” will leave them vulnerable to pollution flowing across their borders. Before the U.S. EPA suspended the rule, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals had issued a nationwide stay. Previously, a U.S. district judge blocked the rule in 13 states, including Idaho.

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Ore. snowpack creates bleak water supply outlook

Capital Press

Warm weather and meager mountain snow could spell a difficult water year ahead for Oregon farms. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service released its monthly water supply outlook report for February, and overall conditions are not looking good in most basins across the state. Of 137 monitoring stations, every single one recorded below-average snowpack as of Feb. 1.

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Wash. Senate cracks down on firefighting foam

Seattle Times

The Washington state Senate passed legislation to sharply restrict the sale of a class of firefighting foams linked to water pollution in Washington and elsewhere in the nation. State Senate Bill 6413, approved 39-8, would largely prohibit — as of 2020 — the sale of firefighting foams containing polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl chemicals — known as PFAS.

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