Washington Department of Ecology Adjusts Fish Consumption Rates

Published Jan 10, 2012

Default fish consumption rates, which are used as a basis for environmental cleanup and pollution control standards, have been set forth in a Technical Support Document issued by the Department of Ecology in September 2011. Based on these new numbers, the Department is considering revisions to the Sediment Management Standards (SMS) rule (Washington Administrative Code [WAC] 173-204). The Department will also consider updates to the Water Quality Standards for Surface Waters (WAC 173-201A) and the Model Toxics Control Act (MTCA) Cleanup Regulation (173-340). The public comment period on the Fish Consumption document has been extended to Wednesday, January 18, 2012. For more information, contact James Tupper at tupper@tmw-law.com.