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Oregon poised to adopt the strictest standard for toxic water pollution in the U.S.

Published: Thursday, January 06, 2011, 7:53 PM     Updated: Friday, January 07, 2011, 9:55 AM

By Scott Learn, The Oregonian The Oregonian

Oregon is poised to adopt the strictest standard for toxic water pollution in the United States, driven by concerns about tribal members and others who eat large amounts of contaminated fish.

The Department of Environmental Quality proposed the new standard Thursday, nearly two decades after concerns about contamination in fish prompted studies that showed tribal members along the Columbia River eat far more fish than the general population.

The new rule, scheduled for approval in June, would dramatically tighten human health criteria for a host of pollutants, including mercury, flame retardants, PCBs, dioxins, plasticizers and pesticides.

Industry and cities worry about the costs of complying with the new rules and controlling pollution, likely to run in the millions.

For complete article, go to http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2011/01/oregon_poised_to_adopt_the_str.html

 

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