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California Fishermen File Pollution Lawsuit Against Tire Manufacturers
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California Fishermen File Pollution Lawsuit Against Tire Manufacturers

Two California-based fisheries entities are suing U.S. tire manufacturers over allegations that the use of the chemical 6PPD in rubber tires is largely responsible for “urban runoff mortality syndrome,” which kills up to 100% of coho salmon returning to spawn in many urban streams. The environmental law firm Earthjustice is representing the Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) in U.S. District Court in San Francisco against 13 tire manufacturers. Defendants named in the litigation include Bridgestone; Continental Tire; Giti Tire; Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.; Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.; Hankook Tire America Corp.; Kumho Tire USA; Michelin North America; Nokian Tyres; Pirelli Tire North America; Sumitomo R...
Columbia Riverkeeper Settles Water Pollution Lawsuit
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Columbia Riverkeeper Settles Water Pollution Lawsuit

Environmental nonprofit Columbia Riverkeeper on Sept. 12 that it has reached an agreement with the Port of Vancouver USA  and to settle a Clean Water Act lawsuit challenging years of alleged unlawful water pollution from the port that threatened endangered salmon. As part of the settlement, the port committed to make significant changes to reduce the amount of water pollution that flows off the 1643-acre property and into the Columbia River. “Today’s settlement is a big win for clean water and everyone who values the Columbia’s iconic salmon and the people and cultures that rely on them,” Columbia Riverkeeper Executive Director Lauren Goldberg said. “Public ports have a critical role to play in keeping the Columbia  swimmable and fishable for all.” However, before the proposed...
Indian Tribes File Amicus Brief in Wild Fish Conservancy Lawsuit
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Indian Tribes File Amicus Brief in Wild Fish Conservancy Lawsuit

An amicus brief filed June 16 with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals by the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes in Juneau is the latest development in a lawsuit in which Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) in Seattle is seeking to halt the commercial king salmon troll fishery this summer in Southeast Alaska. WFC has said the salmon are needed by endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) in Puget Sound. Backers of the Southeast Alaska harvesters contend that halting the fishery won’t help the orcas in Puget Sound at all, but would devastate Southeast Alaska’s economy. The tribal amicus brief supports a state of Alaska motion stopping a district courts order from going into effect while the appeal is pending before the Ninth Circuit. The Tlingit & Haida statement released ...