Proposed water quality standards for toxics were announced today that will lay the groundwork to better protect Washington’s people, waters, and economy, according to the state Department of Ecology.

The proposed update is tied to toxics-reduction legislation that the governor is proposing to address toxics that enter the environment from unregulated everyday sources, such as consumer products.

The proposed standards for toxics, formally called the human health criteria, say our waters need to be clean enough for people to eat the fish that swim in the waters. The standards are important because they drive pollution discharge limits for industries and other entities that discharge pollution. They are required by the federal Clean Water Act.

The proposed changes are in line with Gov. Inslee’s July 9, 2014, policy directive, but final adoption of the standards depends on the legislative outcome of the governor’s toxics reduction proposal.