SEATTLE, Wash. -- (AP) -- Conservation and commercial fishing groups say the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has been letting Washington state underestimate how much fish people eat -- and thus, how much toxic pollution they consume.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Seattle on Friday, the groups say EPA's been violating the Clean Water Act by letting the state claim that average fish consumption amounts to just 8 ounces -- roughly one fillet -- per person, per month. They reason that if the fish consumption estimates were more realistic, officials would have to more strictly regulate emissions of mercury, lead and other toxins.
According to the lawsuit, the EPA has repeatedly warned state officials that the fish consumption rates are wrong and violate the Clean Water Act, but the agency hasn't done anything about it.
The EPA could not be reached for comment Friday due to the government shutdown.