Ecology Releases Draft Fish-Consumption Report

After receiving several hundred comments on the first draft, Ecology revised the technical support document. The update:

  • · Focuses on scientific and technical issues, and removes perceived regulatory decisions, including a recommended range for fish consumption rates. Decisions on how to use the data will be part of the formal public regulatory process of revising the state’s surface water quality standards with human health criteria, which will include a fish consumption rate.
  • · Adds more information about fish consumption and exposure to contamination faced by both the general and recreational fishing population.

You can find the second draft of the Fish Consumption Rates Technical Support Document on Ecology’s website. Comments will be accepted through Oct. 26.

Here’s how you can submit comments:

  • · Mail them to Adrienne Dorrah, Washington Department of Ecology, Toxics Cleanup Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.

Ecology will review, consider and respond to all comments. The second draft document may be modified based on public comments.

Ecology expects to finalize the technical support document in late fall. Staff will hold technical meetings to discuss the draft document in the next few months. Meetings will be announced at a later date.