Environmental Groups File Suit Challenging Army Corps Shellfish Permit

The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat and the Center for Food Safety have filed suit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) alleging the agency approved of a nationwide permit allowing for commercial shellfish operations without properly considering aquaculture’s effects on wildlife. The suit claims the agency failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act. Plaintiffs are seeking declarative and injunctive relief.