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Fishing Warnings Up Due to Mercury Pollution-EPA

55 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans were cautioned about eating fish from
more than one-third of U.S. lakes and nearly one-fourth of its rivers
last year due to pollution from mercury and other chemicals, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (news - web sites) said on Tuesday. 
Nationwide, about 102,000 lakes and about 846,000 river miles were under
fishing advisories in 2003, the EPA said in its annual report. 
Fishing advisories are issued by states if high concentrations of
mercury, dioxin, DDT or three dozen other chemicals harmful to humans
are found in local fish. The advisories range from an outright ban on
all fishing to restrictions on certain species or sizes of fish. 
Most of the new fishing advisories issued last year were due to mercury
pollution from coal-fired utilities, the EPA said. Mercury emissions in
the air can pollute nearby streams and lakes, contaminating local fish. 

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Rita Jack
Water Sentinels Project Director
Mackinac Chapter Sierra Club
tel:  517-484-2372
"Speak out - even if your voice shakes."

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