“Tribes Outraged by EPA Move to Rescind Human Health Water Quality Standards“
- Editor’s note: While this story posted today is from last April, the interest in this issue has been gaining traction in western Washington.
“Treaty Indian tribes in western Washington are outraged that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is planning to roll back hard-fought improvements to water quality standards regulating the discharge of toxic chemicals in our state’s waters.
“Tribes are especially shocked by EPA’s backdoor approach to rescinding the standards. “There was no notification to tribes or state agencies that EPA plans to revoke the standards. Neither was there any justification of need to weaken water quality protection,” said Lorraine Loomis, chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission.
“‘To knowingly allow increased discharge of dangerous chemicals that harm human health is unacceptable to us. A pollution-based economy is not sustainable,’ Loomis said,” quoting Northwest Treaty Tribes.