Tribes want better Oregon water for fish diet

Portland, Oregon (AP) 8-08

Northwest tribes want tougher water quality standards on toxins in fish that are a major part of their diet.

Tribes say they probably eat 10 times more fish than the average person, putting them at higher risk from water pollution.

Now they have joined state and federal regulators to seek a tenfold boost in the amount of “fish consumption” protection built into Oregon water quality regulations – far more than in any other state.

But managers of paper mills and sewage treatment plants say individual plants are a small part of the problem.

They want a broader approach to reducing toxic chemicals that includes indirect but large pollution sources, such as coal plant mercury emissions and pesticide runoff from farms and timberlands.