State looking at water quality standards

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Washington residents eat more fish than the national average, yet the state's water quality standards are based on the assumption that people here eat one 7-ounce serving of fish per month.

The state has begun the process of reviewing fish consumption levels, with the goal of tougher water quality standards to protect the health of the fish-consuming public. That's according to The Spokesman-Review on Monday.

Because they eat so much fish, some residents are potentially exposed to unhealthy levels of mercury, lead, PCBs and other waterborne toxins that accumulate in fish tissue.

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Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesman.com