toxic discharges into waterways.
Some facilities are doing a better job than others, but we found serious deficiencies in what the state
clean water laws.
We know the state and these industries can do a lot better job to prevent dumping toxic pollution
petroleum, and organoclorines have been shown to harm the immune and reproductive systems of
fish, including salmon.
mills located on Puget Sound. These five facilities legally discharged into Puget Sound 11.5 million
pounds of toxic chemicals, including persistent toxic heavy metals, carcinogens such as chloroform
and formaldehyde, and reproductive toxins such as lead and mercury.
We found that
25 of the facilities have detected at least one toxic chemical above state water quality
standards in their final effluent — and often more than one.
21 of the facilities either are in areas known to have significant sediment contamination or have
conducted site specific tests which show sediment contamination.
12 of the facilities have conducted biomonitoring tests on their effluent that resulted in either
high levels of mortality or harmful effects on growth or reproduction.
20 of the 31 facilities evaluated either were fined by the state Department of Ecology or paid
Ecology chose not to issue fines to 22 of the facilities for violations of the limits, conditions or
other requirements of their permits.
The report underscores the need for legislative action to strengthen enforcement of toxic pollution
supporters are working to send to the 1997 state legislature.
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