Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy


Jenna Zwang


Washington’s fish consumption rate has remained unchanged since the 1980s, and now environmental groups are calling foul. While abiding by the State’s current rate, which is one of the lowest consumption rates in the nation, Washington industries are able to dump higher levels of carcinogenic materials into local waterways. However, the health risks that these toxic chemicals pose to Washington residents may pose liability issues for the state if the rate is not effectively changed. Washington has begun looking towards neighboring Oregon as a model for reframing the fish consumption rate discussion, but their proposal does not go far enough.

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