Governor Inslee to Announce State Water Quality Policy Decision on July 9, 2014

Published Jul 07, 2014

Governor Inslee’s office has scheduled a meeting with business and local government representatives at 10:00 am on July 9th to announce his much-anticipated policy direction on human health water quality criteria. Last fall the Washington Department of Ecology outlined its recommended alternatives for the roughly 45 chemicals on the national priority pollutants list with toxicity to human health. Ecology proposed using a high fish consumption rate (125, 175 and 223 grams per day) for non-carcinogens and the same rates for carcinogens at a risk policy of one in one million or one in one hundred thousand.

Tupper Mack Wells attorney James Tupper explains how both risk policy rates are considered essentially the same under EPA national policy and appropriate as long as high consuming populations are protected to a level of at least one in ten thousand in his analysis on what policy choice may occur this week. For more information, contact James at

  • To read James Tupper’s assessment of the upcoming human health water quality criteria policy decision, click here.