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New Oregon DEQ Seafood Restrictions 'Unachievable,' Experts Say

(Portland, OR) -- Experts from the Oregon seafood industry are pushing back on new wastewater permit rules for seafood processors. They say the new restrictions are putting their businesses at risk. The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says it's trying to protect the environment and consumers with the new rules. Officials with the West Coast Seafood Processors say the DEQ does not understand how their operations work, and that it's requiring their wastewater to be 'thousands of times cleaner than drinking water' before it's put back into the ocean. Oregon commercial fishing generates over half-a-billion dollars in economic activity each year.

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