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OARS Joins River Groups to Sue EPA

OARS has joined nine other river groups in filing a lawsuit to overturn the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s one-year delay in implementing new water pollution requirements in the Commonwealth.

Lead plaintiff Mass Rivers Alliance, OARS, and watershed groups from across the state, representing the Connecticut, Mystic, Taunton, Merrimack, Ipswich, North and South, Jones, and Neponset Rivers, filed suit against the EPA and its Administrator, Scott Pruitt, on September 22, 2017 in Boston’s federal district court. The co-plaintiffs are represented by Kevin Cassidy of Earthrise Law Center and Access to Justice Fellow Irene C. Freidel.

OARS is taking this action because, among other reasons, we believe the new requirement to carefully track illicit discharges and connections that put polluted water directly into our rivers is essential. How can our rivers become fishable and swimmable without fixing this problem?

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