2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 21:05:18 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL, BIOTA: PCB's in Saglek Bay, Labrador (CAN)
Fragile Labrador ecosystem overcomes a toxic past

By Martin Mittelstaedt
Toronto Globe and Mail (ONT)
December 21, 2009

After cleanup in late 1990s, PCB levels in Arctic wildlife in the Saglek Bay area dropped dramatically

When scientists visited Saglek Bay on the remote northern coast of Labrador in the late 1990s and conducted tests on fish and birds living in the area, they found them laced with dangerous PCBs.

The finding wasn't too surprising, given that Saglek Bay was the site of an abandoned Cold War era U.S. Air Force radar station. The toxic chemicals, once widely used in electrical transformers, had been dumped onto the ground around the site, spreading contamination to the soil, the nearby seacoast for a distance of 50 kilometres, and to wildlife.

But on a recent return visit, researchers were astonished at how rapidly animals in the area have been able to recuperate from their toxic exposures. The levels of PCBs in some of the fish and birds had fallen by up to 95 per cent.


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