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Press Release: Victory April 6, 2022

EPA Reverses Trump-era State Water Quality Rollbacks

A victory for Washington’s water quality standards and a return to upholding science-based standards to protect public health, but more is needed

Press Release July 12, 2021

EPA Agrees to Reevaluate Trump-era Washington State Water Quality Rollbacks

Biden administration EPA concerned that Trump standards were not protective of public health or based on science

Salmon is synonymous with the state of Washington. Yet lower water-quality standards could erode the health benefits of fresh fish, and make it riskier to consume over time.
(Thomas Barwick / Getty images)
Press Release June 11, 2020

Lawsuit Challenges EPA Rollback of Human Health Water Standards

Environmental groups, regional tribes and fishing organizations head to court in defense of community health and critical protections for the consumption of fish

The weaker, unprotective standards favored by EPA will not protect tribes and other consumers of fish caught in Washington’s waters.
(HLPhoto / Shutterstock)
Press Release April 11, 2019

Trump EPA Targets Washington State Clean Water Standards

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency memo reveals plan to return to weaker standards

Document August 3, 2016

Legal Document: Federal Judge Rules EPA Must Protect People from Dangerously Weak Water Pollution Standards

U.S. District Court Judge Barbara Rothstein found EPA in violation of the Clean Water Act for failing to meet deadlines aimed at protecting human health in Washington from water pollution.

An accurate fish consumption rate is important to public health because it is used to set water pollution standards.
(iStockphoto)
Press Release: Victory August 3, 2016

Federal Judge Rules EPA Must Protect People from Dangerously Weak Water Pollution Standards

EPA can no longer delay actions on toxins in water that harm human health

Document March 2, 2016

Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief_EPA Fish Consumption Standard

Plaintiffs Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Center for Justice, RE Sources for
Sustainable Communities, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, and the Institute for Fisheries Resources bring suit under the Clean Water Act to secure relief against ongoing violations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) of a non-discretionary
duty under the Clean Water Act to promulgate standards necessary to meet the requirements of
the Clean Water Act and to protect designated uses, including the consumption of fish.

Document March 2, 2016

Motion for Summary Judgement_EPA Fish Consumption Standard

Waterkeepers Washington moves for summary judgment against Defendants U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Administrator Gina McCarthy. EPA and the Administrator have failed to comply with the nondiscretionary obligation under 33 U.S.C. § 1313(c)(4) to promptly promulgate revised human health criteria based on an accurate fish consumption rate for Washington that adequately protects the fishable and swimmable uses required by the Clean Water Act. Waterkeepers Washington requests an order from the Court requiring EPA to finalize the proposed revised fish consumption rate and human health water quality standards for Washington within 30 days of the Court‟s order.

Bigeye tuna (<i>Thunnus obesus</i>) on ice. Highly valued for sushi, bigeye tuna has been increasingly in demand for the past decade.
(NOAA FishWatch)
Press Release March 2, 2016

EPA Charged with Delaying Action on Toxins in Water that Harm Human Health

Clean water advocates and commercial fishermen move to protect people from dangerously weak water pollution standards

The weaker, unprotective standards favored by EPA will not protect tribes and other consumers of fish caught in Washington’s waters.
(HLPhoto / Shutterstock)
Article March 9, 2015

Washington State’s Numbers Game

The state’s funny math on water quality standards adds up to toxic waterways, mercury-laden fish and weakened cancer risk protections.

Press Release July 8, 2014

Statement of Waterkeepers & Fishermen on Anticipated WA State Fish Announcement

The Governor has announced that he will present a “path forward” on Washington’s fish consumption standard and development of human health water quality criteria on July 9, 2014. Earthjustice, representing the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper, Spokane Riverkeeper, North Sound Baykeeper, and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency…

Document October 11, 2013

Fish Consumption Challenge

Press Release October 11, 2013

Clean Water Advocates, Commercial Fishermen File Suit to Protect Public Health from Toxic Pollution

Fish consumption rates underestimate risk to people—must be updated

Press Release August 8, 2013

Fishermen Join Legal Action to Push EPA on Water Pollution Toxic Fish Rules

Fish consumption rates fail to protect fishermen and consumers

An accurate fish consumption rate is important to public health because it is used to set water pollution standards.
(iStockphoto)
case July 23, 2013

Strengthening Washington State’s Fish Consumption and Human Health Water Quality Rules

The Clean Water Act requires states to promulgate, and keep updated, water quality standards that protect designated uses of water such as recreation, drinking or fishing (and eating the fish caught). Washington State’s human health water quality standards, particularly those meant to protect consumption of fish, were woefully out of date and do not protect…

Document July 23, 2013

Fish Consumption NOI

Press Release July 23, 2013

Clean Water Advocates Push EPA on Washington State’s Toxic Fish Consumption Rules

Public health endangered—fish consumption rates underestimate risk to people