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EPA finds unacceptable level of toxins Northwest

EPA finds unacceptable level of toxins Northwest

The Environmental Protection Agency has found toxins at levels harmful to people, fish and wildlife throughout the Northwest.
Despite a decades-long cleanup, pollutants such as fire retardants, mercury and compounds related to DDT are still at unacceptable levels in the Columbia Basin, which includes most of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
Northwest regional Administrator Elin Miller said Thursday that bald eagles and ospreys have rebounded from the effects of DDT over the past 20 years, but mercury and flame retardants are increasing in fish and wildlife.
Hot spots include the Spokane River in Washington state, the Willamette River in Oregon, and the Lower Columbia between the two states.


Updated : 2021-04-13 06:29 GMT+08:00