FWS, NMFS Sued For ESA Consultation Delays

Law360, New York (August 3, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT) -- A water restoration advocacy group has sued two federal agencies, saying they are unlawfully withholding or unreasonably delaying completion of an Endangered Species Act consultation on Oregon's water quality standards for toxic pollutants.

Northwest Environmental Advocates lodged its complaint Monday with the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, alleging that the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service initiated a formal consultation in January 2008, but that they haven't completed it or issued a biological opinion.

That consultation and opinion...
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