EPA Seeks To Sink Green Group's Ocean Acidification Suit

By Sean McLernon (August 19, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday asked a Washington federal judge to quash a Center for Biological Diversity suit seeking enhanced Clean Water Act protections off the Pacific coast, arguing that 2012 ocean acidification data did not support listing the areas as imperiled waters.

After evaluating information submitted by the CBD and others, the EPA reasonably concluded that coastal and estuarine waters in Washington and Oregon did not fall short of the states' water quality standards, the EPA said in a cross-motion for summary judgment.

The agency's decision is fully supported by the administrative record and entitled to deference, according...

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