EPA adds Clean Water Act to its jihad against American industry

Even though corals and shellfish evolved and thrived when atmospheric CO2 content was an order of magnitude higher than today, and even though there is ample evidence that rising CO2 won’t adversely affect corals and shellfish (prior posts here), EPA continues its anti-scientific jihad against American industry, this time using the Clean Water Act:

“U.S. EPA settled a lawsuit yesterday [March 11] by agreeing to use the Clean Water Act to address ocean acidification, a move that some see as opening a side door to federal curbs on greenhouse gases that scientists link to problems in the marine environment.

The settlement with the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity directly addresses EPA’s failure to require Washington state to list its marine waters as impaired by rising acidity. The deal requires EPA to begin a rulemaking aimed at helping states identify and address acidic coastal waters.

The effort could lead to the first Clean Water Act effort to protect acidifying marine waters — a move the center sees leading to restrictions on carbon dioxide emissions …

In the settlement filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in Seattle, EPA agreed to take public comment on ocean acidity, ways states can determine if coastal waters are affected, and how states might regulate “total maximum daily loads” of [CO2].

“Protection of the nation’s water quality, including the health of our ocean waters is among EPA’s highest priorities,” an EPA spokeswoman said in a statement. “EPA is interested in learning more about how to protect our ocean and coastal waters from acidification.”

EPA must start the process by posting a notice in the Federal Register next week. The settlement requires the agency to decide how to proceed by Nov. 15.  …

The center’s lawsuit over ocean acidification is one of several legal actions all aimed at forcing the federal government to address climate change.  …

The group has also filed dozens of lawsuits seeking endangered or threatened status for plants and animals at risk from climate change.”  “Some See Clean Water Act Settlement Opening New Path to GHG Curbs


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