Now EPA using Clean Water Act to regulate CO2

“SEATTLE – States with coastal water that is becoming more acidic because of carbon dioxide should list them as impaired under the Clean Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Agency said.

The federal agency’s memo Monday to states recognizes carbon dioxide as not only an air pollutant but a water pollutant, and notes the serious impacts that ocean acification  [sic] can have on aquatic life.  …

“Ocean acidification is one of the biggest threats to our marine environment,” said Miyoko Sakashita, a senior attorney at Center for Biological Diversity. This EPA action “really gave the green light to using the Clean Water Act to address ocean acidification,” she said.

The EPA’s memo stems from a legal settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity, which sued the EPA last year for not requiring Washington state to list its coastal waters as impaired by rising acidity.

The memo said in 2012, states should begin to list bodies of water that suffer from ocean acidification as impaired, but it also acknowledged there’s currently not enough information in many states to support listings for that reason.  …

Sandy Howard, a spokeswoman with the Washington Department of Ecology … said the listing program, however, is not the correct tool to fix the problem of greenhouse gas emissions.

The program focuses on local water quality fixes, she said, while the issue of greenhouse gas emissions is a global one.”  “EPA tells states to consider rising ocean acidity


One Response to “Now EPA using Clean Water Act to regulate CO2”

  1. Craig Goodrich Says:

    This is utterly idiotic. The oceanfront of any major city is subject to so many different pollutants that can alter pH that any impact from CO2 would be nonmeasurable.

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