Ericksen asks Ecology to explain about-face on stringent water quality standards

EPA rejected state’s proposal in 2016, demanded punishing approach – now EPA may accept state’s proposal, and Ecology is crying foul

In a letter to the state Department of Ecology, state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, is asking the Department of Ecology to explain its flip-flop on water quality standards. Ecology is objecting to the possibility that the federal Environmental Protection Agency might accept the state’s own proposal for water-quality standards.

In his letter, Sen. Ericksen reminds Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon that she expressed dismay when the feds overruled the state in 2016. EPA insisted on standards so high they cannot be measured by scientific instruments, imposing dramatic costs on industry, municipal water systems and others. In his letter, Ericksen asks Bellon to explain her change of position, and urges her to support EPA’s decision to reconsider the standards.

You can read this letter here.