Complaint filed by Wild Fish Conservancy against Cooke Aquaculture on 11/13/17 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington at Seattle challenging Cooke Aquaculture for violations of the Clean Water Act resulting from the collapse of their Cypress Island net pen in Washington’s Puget Sound in August 2017.
“This action is a citizen suit brought under Section 505 of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), 33 U.S.C. § 1365, by plaintiff Wild Fish Conservancy (the “Conservancy”) against Defendant Cooke Aquaculture Pacific, LLC (“Cooke”) for repeated and ongoing violations of Sections 301(a) and 402 of the CWA, 33 U.S.C. §§ 1311(a) and 1342, and the terms and conditions of Cooke’s National Pollutant discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) permits authorizing discharges of pollutants from Cooke’s commercial Atlantic salmon farms located in Puget Sound, Washington, into navigable waters. The Conservancy seeks a declaratory judgment, injunctive relief, the imposition of civil penalties, and the award of costs, including attorneys’ and expert witness fees.”