Toxic Dumping Is Killing Our Salmon

Puget Sound salmon are in crisis. Why? Because Governor Inslee and King County officials continue to look the other way while municipalities illegally dump millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Sound.

When I asked EPA Administrator Michael Regan about this today, he refused to use his authority to hold these polluters accountable. Instead, he said the “good thing” is that they plan to spend another $89 million cleaning up the Sound – without actually enforcing the water quality laws on the books. Watch:

Throwing more money at the problem won’t solve anything. The federal government has already spent millions of dollars to clean up Puget Sound, yet pollution and toxic conditions continue to kill fish. So no, this isn’t a “good thing.” Not while the state continues to issue the permits, and certainly not while this administration refuses to actually hold polluters accountable for their actions. 

It’s time to get serious about stopping this pollution at the source to save the Puget Sound salmon, and I won’t stop fighting to make sure that happens.

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