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Center for Food Safety Files Suit to Protect WA Coastal Waters

Center for Food Safety Files Suit to Protect WA Coastal Waters

Portland, OR—Today [August 17, 2017], Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a federal lawsuit to stop the Trump administration, through its U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), from greenlighting a massive expansion of industrial shellfish aquaculture in Washington state coastal waters. Industrial aquaculture already threatens Washington’s iconic and invaluable shorelines and bays, which are home to numerous marine species, including endangered salmon. However, the new 2017 permit issued by the Trump administration and now challenged in this case would allow an enormous expansion of the $100-million-dollar-a-year Washington state aquaculture industry, without any...

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Coalition Turns Up Heat as Army Corps Shirks Responsibility

Coalition Turns Up Heat as Army Corps Shirks Responsibility

The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat filed a Supplemental Complaint with the US District Court’s Western Division on June 5, 2017. The complaint addresses ongoing and expanding harm to the Puget Sound ecosystem caused by the rapid expansion of industrial agriculture. The Supplementary Complaint details the many levels of damage directly caused by industrial activity on Puget Sound, and makes explicit the responsibilities of the US Army Corps under the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act to regulate aquaculture and protect Puget Sound. The Corps has completely abandoned these responsibilities and has maintained a blanket aquaculture...

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Shellfish Growers Netting Off Puget Sound Shorelines

Shellfish Growers Netting Off Puget Sound Shorelines

The Coalition is hearing from more and more citizens about the negative impacts of industrial aquaculture practices in area waters. These images depict a small part of those impacts—in the form of plastic netting used in geoduck production. These nets, combined with other practices used throughout the geoduck production cycle on these tidelands, restrict the natural ecosystem, as well as citizens’ own access to the natural beauty of Puget...

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Coalition Sues Army Corps Over Cumulative Impacts

Coalition Sues Army Corps Over Cumulative Impacts

See a map of existing and proposed shellfish farms. July 31, 2016 Coalition Comments on Proposal to Reissue and Modify Nationwide Permits under the Clean Water Act Submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Read the complete document Excerpt: Our members appreciate the opportunity to comment on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) proposed reissuance and modification of the nationwide permits (“NWPs”) under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”). The Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat (CPPSH) is disappointed that the Corps has failed to protect our natural resources by allowing more than minimal cumulative adverse impacts on the environment...

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Geoduck Rule Criticized as Farming Expands

Geoduck Rule Criticized as Farming Expands

In this KING-5 report from August 14, 2015, Taylor Shellfish spokesperson Bill Dewey admits that geoduck aquaculture practices result in plastic pollution in Puget Sound, and offers to “work with neighbors” to find alternatives. With your help, the Coalition is working hard to hold the industry to this pledge.

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Coalition Petitions Army Corps to Suspend New Permits

Coalition Petitions Army Corps to Suspend New Permits

Read the Petition here   PRESS RELEASE The Coalition To Protect Puget Sound Habitat filed a legal Petition today with the US Army Corps of Engineers, asking that the Corps suspend the use of the Clean Water Act Nationwide Permit 48, which allows industrial aquaculture activities in Puget Sound. The Coalition contends that the Corps has authorized too many of these industrial style shellfish operations. This Petition follows on the heels of the same group prevailing in Thurston County Superior Court. On April 3, 2015 the Court upheld a Shorelines Hearings Board Decision that ruled there was insufficient cumulative impact analysis in a Pierce County Shoreline...

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