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GLIN==> Cormorants Culprits of Contamination



Posted on behalf of Dan Thomas <glsfc@great-lakes.org>

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GREAT LAKES BASIN NEWS©
For Immediate Release

December  7 , 1999

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High Levels of PCBs and DDT Found on State Island
Study Shows Double-Crested Cormorants Are The Culprits

For the full text of this story click
http://www.great-lakes.org/wklyfish_nz.html  It will also be archived  in
our weekly news format at http://www.great-lakes.org/12-06-99.html

A private consulting firm hired by a group of concerned citizens has found
potentially harmful levels of PCBs, DDE and mercury on state owned property,
Little Galloo Island, in eastern Lake Ontario. The contamination is due to
burgeoning populations of Double Crested Cormorants that have invaded the
area in recent years.

Testing performed by Chopra-Lee Inc. of Grand Island, NY, a New York State
accredited environmental analytical laboratory, has found PCB levels of
nearly five parts per million in a guano/soil sample, a level exceeding
state action levels for cleanup. Two mercury readings also exceeded state
levels. The study was conducted during August 1999 and just  recently
released.

Details of the study and its findings are posted in our online news segment,
and in this month's Great Lakes Basin Report.
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