by Don Brunell, Association of Washington Business
Recently, the DOE (Washington State Department of Ecology) announced it wants to raise water quality standards in order to protect people who eat a lot of fish. Their thinking is that water-borne contaminants accumulate in fish, so the agency should set standards that protect those who eat the most fish.
DOE says it has survey summaries that justify its proposed standard, but the agency does not have the actual data. Dr. Lawrence McCrone, one of the state’s leading toxicologists, told DOE that’s not good enough.
“For data that are to have such far-reaching and costly ramifications, I believe that a true assessment of the scientific defensibility of the surveys can only be concluded if the raw survey data are available for a complete and independent assessment of their conclusions.”
Other questions remain, as well.
What is the scientific information that establishes the nature and scope of any problem? What is the scientific evidence that DOE’s proposed standard would achieve its goal? We don’t know.
Even more troubling, DOE admits that its proposed standard will be impossible to meet for decades because the necessary water treatment technology doesn’t exist.
Why should you care? Because if you use water, you will pay.
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