Center for Biological Diversity Sues EPA for Pollution That Acidifies Ocean

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) – Environmentalists sued the Trump administration Tuesday, claiming it refused to enforce the Clean Water Act to stop ocean acidification – which strips shellfish and coral of calcium and has caused billions of oysters to die in Oregon’s coastal waters.

The Center for Biological Diversity claims in federal court that the Environmental Protection Agency refused to regulate carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and pollution runoff that together reduce the ocean’s pH and make it more acidic.

The Center cites research showing that the world’s oceans are 30 percent more acidic than in preindustrial times – primarily because of the 22 million tons of carbon dioxide oceans absorb each day.

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