The Craig Fahle Show

National Wildlife Federation Sues To Prevent Invasive Species

Monday, July 15, 2013

Ballast water invaders such as zebra mussels, quagga mussels, spiny water fleas and round gobies have turned the Great Lakes ecosystem on its head, altering the food web and threatening the health of native fish and wildlife.

Non-native ballast water invaders cost Great Lakes citizens, utilities, cities and businesses at least $200 million annually in damages and control costs. The National Wildlife Federation initiated the lawsuit in United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

The U.S. EPA issued a permit to regulate ballast water discharges in late April, the result of a long legal battle in which conservation organizations forced the federal agency to comply with the Clean Water Act. The ensuing permit, however, fails to protect U.S. waters from ballast water invaders.