Jay Inslee proposed another disastrous environmental policy. This time he wants to implement a new fish consumption rate of 175 grams. To put his plan into perspective, that’s an equivalent of one serving of fish per day, per person.
As SHIFT recently reported, fish consumption rates directly correlate with clean water rules. Simply put, higher fish consumption rates mean higher clean water standards based on a theory that the more fish people eat, the cleaner water in which the fish live must be. Unfortunately, our governor has unwisely elected to take his cue from a failed policy in Oregon and now seeks to set an absurdly high fish consumption rate in Washington State.
The ramifications of Inslee’s latest extreme “green” agenda includes certain damage to economic growth. Businesses—and cities across the state—would be saddled with an impossible burden to attain the new technology needed to meet Inslee’s unrealistic standards. How impossible is the burden? Well, the technology needed to meet Inslee’s plan doesn’t actually exist. The Tri-City Herald,
“Waste treatment experts say standards based on Inslee’s estimate for fish consumption set limits for some toxins that are so low that cities will be out of compliance and have to put a moratorium on new sewer hook-ups.
“The technology doesn’t exist for a municipal waste treatment plant to remove enough of the existing background level of PCBs, for example, to meet Oregon-style standards.
“An HDR Engineering study commissioned by the Association of Washington Business, Association of Washington Cities and Association of Washington Counties noted that, “the Oregon water quality standard for PCBs is lower than the current analytical ability to measure the pollutant.”
“In other words, the goal is not only unattainable, but also unmeasurable.”
Inslee has given the public little opportunity for input on the matter. Four days ago, the Department of Ecology announced a public meeting to discuss water quality standards tomorrow from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (PST). That’s less than one week’s notice for a policy that Inslee has been working on since he became governor. It should be noted that the short notice is, at least, more than the same day notice he gave on his first carbon task force meeting.
If you are interested in attending the meeting, you can join online and by phone by registering here. Or, you can attend in person at the Ecology headquarters auditorium in Lacey, 300 Desmond Drive, Lacey, WA 98503-1274.