Description: Challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ renewal of a nationwide permit to cover shellfish aquaculture in Washington State.
Center for Food Safety v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 08/10/2017 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Alleged That Renewal of Permit for Shellfish Aquaculture Did Not Consider Climate Impacts on Washington State Waters. Center for Food Safety (CFS)—a nonprofit organization “whose mission is to empower people, support farmers, and protect the earth from the adverse impacts of industrial food production”—filed an action challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ renewal of a nationwide permit to cover shellfish aquaculture in Washington State. CFS’s complaint, filed in the federal district court for the Western District of Washington, asserted that the Corps failed to comply with the Clean Water Act and NEPA. CFS alleged, among other things, that the supplemental environmental assessment prepared by the Corps did not fully assess the incremental impact of expanding the area of commercial shellfish aquaculture in combination with existing impacts from other human activities, including climate change.