Withrow, the retired Davison of Water inspector, said, “Selenium is lethal to the aquatic environment.” He said the cabinet’s proposal to measure selenium in egg ovaries of fish will be futile.
“You’ll have no egg ovaries to look at one (selenium) reaches these levels,” Withrow said.
Scott defended the cabinet’s thinking in seeking the change, saying it is based on new science. But he said the cabinet would also “be welcome to deferring this until the next committee meeting.”
Bell suggested the two parties try to work out any differences and invited the environmentalists to visit him to share their concerns before that next meeting.