A Sarasota environmental group is joining with other environmental activists nationally in suing two federal agencies as they seek to force greater scrutiny of power plant cooling systems known to kill aquatic species.
The lawsuit was filed early this month in federal court in San Francisco by Sarasota-based Suncoast Waterkeeper, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity and other groups.
It alleges that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service failed to properly account for wildlife impacts in an opinion provided to the Environmental Protection Agency, which regulates the cooling systems and has allowed them to remain at older power plants.
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