Re: “Maine told to tighten tribal land water rules” (Feb. 6):

That the federal Environmental Protection Agency has directed the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to develop more stringent water-quality standards, in order to protect sustenance fishing in the waters of the Penobscot Nation, is cause for jubilation!

Not only is it morally and legally imperative to guarantee that fish caught by the tribes are safe for human consumption – it is also high time that all of Maine’s waters be held to a higher standard of water quality.

The adversarial stance of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho and Maine Attorney General Janet Mills toward the Wabanaki is deeply offensive – and it is fundamentally adversarial to all Mainers who deserve a non-toxic environment for themselves, their children and their animals. The state’s responsibility is to the people of Maine, not to corporations and local governments that would seek a green light to pollute our waters.

Diane Oltarzewski