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Invasive Species: Enviro Groups Sue EPA Over New Ballast Water Requirements

Publication Date: 
January 13, 2009
Katherine Boyle

The Environmental Law Clinic is mentioned in a story in Greenwire regarding a lawsuit about stricter regulations for discharging ballast water from ships:

U.S. EPA's new ballast water treatment requirements allow cargo ships to dump invasive species into U.S. waterways, a coalition of environmental groups charged yesterday in a lawsuit filed in federal court.

The Stanford Environmental Law Clinic filed the suit in the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, Northwest Environmental Advocates and People for Puget Sound. The groups say EPA's new permitting rules, issued in December, are not stringent enough to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act.