Group says officials lagging in Washington water cleanup plans

SEATTLE (AP) - An environmental group says state and federal officials are moving too slowly to implement cleanup plans for Washington waters.

The Seattle Times reports a 1998 agreement between Northwest Environmental Advocates and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency called for the state Department of Ecology to develop plans for almost 1,600 bodies of water.

The group in a court filing says plans for more than 540 water bodies that were supposed to be done in 2013 are incomplete. The group is suing to force EPA to set a timetable for completing plans for other waters identified as polluted.

An EPA spokesman declined comment on the filings.

State officials say such plans may not always be the best way, noting lawsuits can delay implementation, and in recent years have tried other approaches.


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