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Toxic Pesticides Found in Florida Fish More Than 20 Years After Being Banned

The Florida Independent is reporting that fish containing elevated levels of potentially harmful chemicals have been found in two tributaries near downtown Jacksonville. Mercury, PCB’s, and arsenic are by-products of coal and are likely the result of nearby industry. They are highly toxic, especially to pregnant women, children, and the elderly. The finding of dieldrin, heptachlor, and chlordane are particularly disturbing because they were banned in the late 1980′s.

The trifecta of toxicity were banned by the EPA, and most of the world, two decades ago because of their potential danger to humans and animals- linked to cancer, brain damage, and endocrine disruption. Environmentalists warned of the persistence of these organic compounds. The fact that fish have recently been discovered having elevated levels of these toxins shows that perhaps the warnings should have been heeded.

Safelawns reported on a recent article in Biocyle that discussed Imprelis, currently used by certified applicators but soon to be available for residential use. A chemical compound- aminocyclopyrachlor- in Imprelis is found to mimic the persistence of its predecessors.

See more of the article from The Florida Independent: http://floridaindependent.com/37728/fish-found-in-jacksonville-contain-high-levels-of-mercury-pcbs

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