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Want smarter kids who sleep through the night? Feed them fish, a new study says

A new University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study found that children who ate fish regularly scored nearly five points higher on a standard IQ test that measures cognitive function in children. The kids who favored fish over traditionally kid-friendly items like, say, chicken fingers and fries, also slept better and had fewer sleep interruptions.

Toxicity rated low in Lake Roosevelt sturgeon

FISHING – The white sturgeon anglers are able to catch and keep for the first time in a new Lake Roosevelt fishery are healthy to eat, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist says. The Washington Department of Health lists the Columbia River reservoir...

EPA approves parts of Washington clean-water plan

The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday finalized water-quality rules for Washington state tied partly to how much fish people eat, approving some aspects of the state’s plan but deciding in many cases to set stricter limits than the state had wanted.

Workshop will cover tougher state fish consumption guidelines

State officials are holding a public meeting in Spokane Valley Wednesday to talk about how much fish and shellfish Washington residents eat. It’s a seemingly simple question, with far-reaching implications for how tough the state’s water quality laws must be to protect human health.

EPA proposes new water quality rule for Washington state

SEATTLE – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its promise to propose a new clean-water rule for Washington, in case the state doesn’t come up with its own plan in time. The EPA plans to officially publish its proposed rule in mid-September for public review. It posted details on its website Wednesday.

State’s clean water rules update postponed for reassessment

OLYMPIA – A major rewrite of the state’s clean water rules was put on hold Friday as Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the Department of Ecology to “reassess” the plan he proposed last year because some elements failed to pass the Legislature. The department will decide whether to make changes to the proposed rules, which include new standards designed to protect people who eat fish and other seafood that may live in contaminated waters.

Inslee puts proposed water quality rules on hold

OLYMPIA -- A major rewrite of the state's clean water rules was put on hold today as Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the Department of Ecology to "reassess" the plan he proposed in 2015 year but did not pass this year's Legislature. The department may draft a new set of rules for pollution and fish consumption standards.

Inslee proposes strict standards for cleaning up waterways

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed new standards for cleaning up Washington’s waterways immediately drew criticism from some business and labor groups that they will be too expensive and from some environmentalists that they are too lax. The plan, which is still in an early draft stage, was announced Wednesday. It would require stricter standards for 70 percent of the chemicals regulated by law and “no backsliding” on the others, Inslee said.

Unions oppose tough state water quality standards

OLYMPIA – Washington state is rushing toward water quality standards that will be too strict and cost jobs without being backed up by good science, leaders of unions with workers in aerospace, timber and paper industries claimed Monday. But a spokesman for Gov. Jay Inslee said the union leaders are jumping the gun because no decision has been made. What many call the fish consumption standards are still under review, he said.

Editorial: Washington should write own plan for clean water

If you think the cracked Wanapum Dam is under pressure, ask Gov. Jay Inslee about the forces pushing him for a decision on the future quality of Washington waters. The state has already passed its own March deadline for upgrading 22-year-old standards based on unrealistic, low fish consumption levels. If Washington does not come up with something it can implement by Jan. 1, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will step in with its own. That would be bad.

Inslee advances fish consumption proposal

How much risk of cancer from eating fish is too much? Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has privately advanced a proposal that would likely pass legal muster but that worries Indian tribes and environmentalists. It would allow a tenfold increase in allowable cancer risk under the law. It’s either that, the governor has told a panel of his advisers, or the state will have to consider regulatory breaks for polluters that it has not traditionally granted in the past. For example: giving factories, municipal sewage treatment plants and others who dump pollution into waterways 20 years or perhaps even more to come into compliance with new toxic-waste limits.