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Citing Climate Concerns, Court Orders EPA To Develop Columbia River TMDL

October 18, 2018
A federal district court judge is effectively ordering EPA to develop a plan to reduce the temperature of the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest this year, citing expected increases in the rivers' temperature due to climate change and agreeing with environmentalists that the agency failed to follow its Clean Water Act (CWA) duty. The Oct. 17 ruling in Columbia Riverkeeper v. EPA from Chief District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez of the U.S. District Court for the...

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