The eight dams affected by the settlement are the Bonneville, the John Day, The Dalles and McNary in Oregon and the Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite in Washington state.
will allow oversight of the dams by the EPA, a responsibility the agency has sought but never obtained. EPA representatives did not immediately return messages or emails seeking comment. The Corps also will be forced to switch to a biodegradable lubricant for its dam machinery if an internal study finds it financially feasible.
Nationally, the settlement could force all unpermitted dams to obtain National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits from the EPA.
you not regulated under a permit, you don have to say what the impact (of pollution) on water was, Powers said.
The eight dams use turbines that have shafts and hubs filled with oil or other lubricants. The oil leaks to the surface, along with oil from drainage sumps, transformers and wickets that control water flow.
Army Corps agrees to disclose oil pollution from dams in historic settlement
the letter of the law, they have been engaged in unpermitted discharge for years, said Melissa Powers, an environmental law professor at Lewis Clark Law School in Portland. should have long ago said, is how much we discharging. Here are the environmental impacts. settlement will force the Corps hand. To discharge pollutants into waterways, the polluters must obtain permission from state and federal governments. Before the settlement, the EPA knew about the unpermitted discharges from the dams, but the Corps said in letters to state agencies that it is not accountable to the EPA.
In July 2013, Columbia Riverkeeper sued and demanded to know what the Corps was sending into the water and how much of it was going in.
PORTLAND, Ore. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps hundreds of dams nationwide.
As part of the settlement, the Corps admits no wrongdoing but will pay $143,000 in attorneys fees. The consolidated cases were dismissed.
The Corps also will apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for pollution permits, something the Corps has never done for the dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers. District Court in Portland ends the year old consolidated lawsuit by the conservation group Columbia Riverkeeper, which said the Corps violated the Clean Water Act with unmonitored, unpermitted oil discharges from the eight hydroelectric dams.
The Corps isn just a polluter, however. It also is a regulator of pollution under the Clean Water Act. waterways.
is the right thing to do, said Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper Nike Sneakers 5.0 executive director. have been several large, high profile spills in the last decade that made it harder for them to ignore this issue of oil on the river. Department of Justice, whose attorneys negotiated the settlement.
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The Corps doesn have to report its day to day pollution, but it must report spills. That what happened in January 2012, when it detected slow leaks of 1,500 gallons of oil from its Ice Harbor dam into the Snake River near Pasco, Washington. The spill included toxic PCBs, an industrial insulator that has been shown to be harmful to humans.
The Corps argued in the same letters that disclosing the mechanical workings of the dams as part of an oil discharge summary could compromise their security.
be met, she said.
The settlement reflects the recent tack of the EPA regulating the environmental impacts of energy. The agency recently came up with regulations of mountaintop removal for coal and fracking for oil and gas.
Justice Department attorney Wyn Hornbuckle indicated the agreement applies to the eight dams in question, but he did not immediately respond to follow up questions concerning the national impact of the deal.
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FILE This Oct. 24, 2006 file photo shows the Ice Harbor dam on the Snake River in Pasco, Wash. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps hundreds of dams nationwide. The Corps announced in a settlement on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, that it will immediately notify the conservation group that filed the lawsuit of any oil spills among its eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington. (AP Photo/Jackie Johnston,File)
Environmentalists will closely watch the type of permit issued by the EPA, Powers said. A permit likely would include limits that the Corps would have to meet on the amount of oil discharged.
If the EPA instead issues a general permit, environmentalists would be less sanguine about its prospects, Powers said. General permits are less effective in compelling change because they are issued without specific metrics that must Nike Shoes Sale Online Cheap
The Corps announced in a settlement Monday that it will immediately notify the conservation group that filed the lawsuit of any oil spills among its eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington.
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