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Washington State Gets Stricter Water Quality Standard - Comment Period
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Since states set allowable water pollution levels based partly on how much fish its residents eat, it is important for this rate to reflect all residents, not just the average resident. In 2011, the State of Oregon increased the fish consumption rate it uses to calculate water quality standards to 175 grams of fish per day—a ten-fold increase from its previous rate. On September 2, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a rule setting Washington State’s fish consumption rate.

9/2/2015 to 11/1/2015
When: 9/2/2015
Where: Washington
United States
Contact: Environmental Protection Agency

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 N. Kathryn Brigham, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission Chair.

 

“The need to update human health criteria and water quality standards throughout the Columbia Basin has been a huge struggle for tribes in the region. Today’s decision by the Environmental Protection Agency is a monumental step forward. It signifies a shift for the state’s residents and the communities who rely heavily on the region’s fish and shellfish for their diets and need protection from toxics in their food. Its consistency with Oregon allows us to take a regional approach to improving the water quality of the Columbia River and throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

 

- See more at: <A HREF="http://www.critfc.org/washington-state-gets-stricter-water-quality-standard/">Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission</A>

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