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ORPC to fund law suit over Dungeness Water Rule

April 3rd, 2014 - 10:33am

(Sequim) The Olympic Resource Protection Council will pursue a lawsuit against the state over the rule governing water use in the east end of Clallam County.

Last night, the ORPC membership agreed to funding litigation with the Department of Ecology.

The move came a few weeks after DOE denied ORPC's petition to re-open the rule in light of a recent state Supreme Court ruling that said DOE went too far in implementing a similar rule in Skagit County.

ORPC president Greg McCarry, says the group has employed attorney Sarah Mack, of the Seattle to battle Ecology's rule. McCarry says given the recent ruling by the WA Supreme Court in the Skagit County case, ecology's rule may have some weaknesses.

ORPC had also thought about a direct appeal to the governor when it's petition with DOE was denied.

ORPC has been critical of the rule that governs well water use, saying because of its significant and unnecessarily costly impacts on residents seeking to develop or redevelop their properties.

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