Advocacy Groups Sue to Force EPA to Promulgate Rules That Protect Aquatic Animals from Harmful Vessel Discharges

The Center for Biological Diversity and Friends of the Earth sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California for failing to finalize nationwide standards that would protect U.S. waterways from harmful vessel discharges that introduce species, pathogens, and pollutants that threaten native organisms. Plaintiffs are seeking declaratory judgment that the EPA has violated the Clean Water Act and an order requiring the EPA to promulgate final federal performance standards for vessel incidental discharges within 60 days of the court’s order.