Description: Lawsuit alleging that EPA and other federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to ensure that EPA approval of Washington's limits on aquatic cyanide would not jeopardize survival and recovery of endangered species.
Center for Biological Diversity v. EPA
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 02/24/2022 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Endangered Species Act Suit Challenged Federal Inaction on Washington Aquatic Cyanide Standards. Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit against EPA and other federal agencies and officials alleging that they failed to ensure that EPA approval of Washington State’s limits on aquatic cyanide would not jeopardize the survival and recovery of endangered and threatened species or adversely modify essential critical habitat. The complaint’s allegations included that recent studies provided new information about the harmful effects of aquatic cyanide, “including as a result of the impact of climate change on the temperature and acidity of bodies of water, indicating that the previously approved criteria may have a more harmful impact as climate change accelerates the alteration of bodies of water across Washington.”