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Quinault Nation Joins Lawsuit Against EPA

QUINAULT NATION JOINS LAWSUIT AGAINST EPA ROLLBACK OF CLEAN WATER PROTECTIONS in WA       Taholah, WA – The Quinault Indian Nation on October 1, 2019 filed as an intervenor in the State of Washington’s lawsuit defending clean water standards intended to protect human health and limit the amount of toxic pollution found in fish that are a dietary staple of Quinault Nation tribal members. The Nation’s motion supports the State of Washington’s lawsuit challenging a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reverse 2016 clean water standards intended to reduce releases of persistent toxins such as...

Quinaults Can Regulate Water Quality

The Quinault Indian Nation can now regulate water quality on bodies of water within the reservation under a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency action that provides the tribe with the same authority under the Clean Water Act as the state of Washington. The EPA last week approved a Quinault request to assume responsibilities of the Clean Water Act’s Water Quality Standards and Certification programs. “Specifically, this approval will enable the QIN to establish the regulatory and scientific foundation for protecting water quality by setting water quality goals and standards for the surface water bodies within the reservation,” the EPA...

EPA Ends Clean Air Policy

A decades-old air policy opposed by fossil fuel companies that is being done away with by the Trump administration was announced Thursday, a move that environmental groups say will result in more pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency said it was withdrawing the “once-in always-in” air policy under the Clean Air Act, which dictated how major sources of hazardous air pollutants are regulated. Under the EPA’s new interpretation, such “major sources” as coal-fired power plants can be reclassified as “area sources” when their emissions fall below mandated limits, subjecting them to differing standards. Though formal notice of the reversal has...