2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 08:59:22 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] BIOTA, GLOBAL: Saglek Bay, Canadian Arctic
PCB clean-up leads to quick recovery of Arctic wildlife.

Brown, TM, TA Sheldon, NM Burgess and KJ Reimer. 2009. Reduction of PCB contamination in an Arctic coastal environment: A first step in assessing ecosystem recovery after the removal of a point source. Environmental Science and Technology doi:10.1021/es900941w.

Synopsis by Karen Kidd and Wendy Hessler
Environmental Health News
December 11, 2009

PCBs at a contaminated military site in northern Canada were once high enough to affect the reproduction of nearby fish and fish-eating birds. Now, only eight years after the area was cleaned up, the levels in wildlife have dropped remarkably, researchers now report. The findings are the first to show that Arctic wildlife can recover from intense pollution if the contaminated sites in these very cold-weather regions are remediated.


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