Washington Considering New Fish Consumption Standards

Nov 7, 2013

The Washington State Department of Ecology is working to update the state’s fish consumption levels. Plans are to release a draft plan soon for public comment.

They range from 125 grams to 225 grams per day; the current standards are based on 6.5 grams.

The proposed higher standards are based on the diets of some coastal Native Americans.

The standards under consideration would require reducing pollution discharges by 50 percent to 97 percent.

In that last legislative session, plans to update the fish consumption rate were nixed under pressure from the Boeing Company and other manufacturers.

But recently the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was sued by environmental groups for allowing the state to delay implementing new standards.

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