Oregon gets a 22 year “F” grade for continuing to pollute rivers and creeks on the coast – damaging water quality and fisheries
The EPA says it got tired of waiting for Oregon to take action to clean up its coastal rivers and creeks of pollution, from logging especially, and has declared Oregon, as a state, out of compliance with federal environmental protection laws. And that will likely lead to huge cuts in federal grants and other aid to the state. The EPA points out in their order that out of 22 coastal states in the country, Oregon is the only one not in compliance.
EPA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration last year fired a warning shot across the state’s bow with a similar finding hoping that the state would improve forestry environments as they related to the coast range and urban areas, but apparently they weren’t satisfied with the state’s response. So today, EPA tightened the screws.
The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
The Daily Astorian also has an article on NOAA’s and EPA’s action. Click here.