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Raise fish-eating standard

The Washington Department of Ecology is considering new standards regarding fish consumption rates. These standards help Ecology determine what levels of toxic pollution it should allow polluters to discharge into our rivers, lakes and streams.

Recent and thorough research shows that Washington’s actual fish consumption rate is much higher than Ecology’s current standard of 6.5 grams per day (one of the lowest in the nation). If Ecology incorporates this research into its decision and raises the state’s fish consumption rate to more accurately reflect our current situation, the agency would in turn be required to reduce the levels of toxic pollutants allowed in the state’s water bodies.

Please urge the Department of Ecology to adopt a higher fish consumption rate. A higher standard will set us on the path toward a cleaner, healthier Spokane River full of edible fish.

Steve Walker

Spokane



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