End-of-pipe solutions like the soil-filtration system discussed in the article “Toxic road runoff kills adult coho salmon in hours, study finds” [Local News, Oct. 9] should not be the only solution for protecting salmon from harmful chemicals. While we support the approaches mentioned in the article, we believe they really only address part of the problem.
Chemicals we know are harmful to salmon are legally allowed in products we use everyday and wind up in the environment, poison wildlife and affect public health. A more efficient and cheaper approach is to tackle toxics at their source.
Later this month, the state’s Department of Ecology will start work on developing a plan to eliminate sources of Teflon chemicals in the state. Past phase-out plans include ones for mercury and toxic flame retardants. Gov. Jay Inslee proposed a bill that would have taken a prevention tact last session, but it failed to get through the state Senate.
Until we get serious about preventing pollution in the first place, we will continue to have to throw money at cleaning up avoidable messes.
Randi Abrams-Caras, senior campaign director at Washington Toxics Coalition