- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Federal environmental regulators have issued new water quality standards for Maine with the goal of protecting the health of Indian tribes who catch and eat large quantities of fish.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards finalized this month aim to reduce water pollution levels so the state’s four tribes can safely conduct sustenance fishing.

Fish consumption, used to calculate water quality standards, has been increased from the state’s standard of about 30 grams a day to nearly 300 grams a day.

The Portland Press Herald reports Maine’s Democratic Attorney General Janet Mills and industry representatives say it’s unclear which waterways the ruling covers. They say the standards are confusing and could hurt the state’s economy.

The rules could become effective before Republican President-elect Donald Trump takes office.


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