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Tennessee Riverkeeper joins lawsuit to protect Pygmy Sunfish

Tennessee Riverkeeper joins the center for Biological Diversity in the notice of intent to sue Mazda-Toyota and the City of Huntsville.

Posted: Aug 14, 2018 1:18 PM

An organization to protect and preserve water is now joining the lawsuit against Mazda-Toyota to protect the pygmy sunfish population at the site of the new plant.

Tennessee Riverkeeper joins the center for Biological Diversity in the notice of intent to sue Mazda-Toyota and the City of Huntsville. The executive director of the Tennessee Riverkeeper, David Whiteside, said every measure needs to be taken to protect the rare and endangered fish.

"We need to take every step we can to ensure that we protect the abundance of aquatic biodiversity God
blessed us with, including the spring pygmy sunfish,” said David Whiteside, executive director of the Tennessee
Riverkeeper. “We don’t have to choose between jobs or clean water. We can have both by ensuring existing
laws are enforced. These are values shared by Republicans, Democrats, and Independents.”

Mazda-Toyota began construction on their $1.6 billion, 2,400-acre assembly plant in June. Work was temporarily suspended as an investigation was conducted to protect the fish. Construction resumed in late July. 

The pygmy sunfish lives in Beaverdam Creek which begins as an underground spring east of Powell Road near the Mazda-Toyota site. 

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