Puget Soundkeeper alongside regional tribes, environmental groups, water quality advocates and fishing organizations are going to court to fight the Trump administration’s latest effort to dismantle laws that protect Washington State’s clean water and public health.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 11, 2019 MEDIA CONTACTS: Janette Brimmer, Earthjustice, (206) 343-7340 x1029 Chris Wilke, …
Whether the state or the feds, fish consumption standards must protect all Washington fish eaters from harm
“Protecting people from exposure to toxics in the fish we eat is not negotiable,” said Matt Baca, an attorney at Earthjustice, which represents a coalition of clean water groups across the state.
“Clean water and healthy seafood is the right of all Washingtonians,” said Chris Wilke, Executive Director at Puget Soundkeeper.
Today, the Washington Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in support of a decision of the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology), defeating a challenge by rancher Joseph Lemire in a case that challenged the state’s authority to regulate the water quality impacts of cattle and other nonpoint source pollution.
According to Waterkeepers Washington, EPA is violating its duty under federal law by failing to take action and protect public health.