Oregon Adopts Strictest Standard for
by Scott Learn
Oregon's Environmental Quality Commission Thursday adopted the strictest standard for toxic water pollution in the United States.
The new rules, adopted on a 4-1 vote, are designed to protect tribal members and others who eat large amounts of contaminated fish.
The changes, which drew thousands of public comments, dramatically tighten human health criteria for a more than 100 pollutants, including mercury, flame retardants, PCBs, dioxins, plasticizers and pesticides.
But improvements in water quality are expected to take years, if not decades, and it's not clear yet how much the rules will actually knock down pollution.
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Oregon Poised to Adopt the Strictest Standard for Toxic Water Pollution in the U.S. by Scott Learn, The Oregonian, 1/6/11
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