Study: Pesticides prevalent in western national parks | AspenTimes.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Study: Pesticides prevalent in western national parks

Matthew Brown
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

BILLINGS, Mont. ” Pesticides, heavy metals and other airborne contaminants are raining down on national parks across the West and into Alaska, causing toxins to accumulate in some fish and wildlife habitat at dangerously high levels.

A sweeping, six-year federal study released Tuesday found evidence of 70 contaminants in 20 national parks and monuments ” from Denali in Alaska and Glacier in Montana, down to Big Bend in Texas and Sequoia in California.

Observers say the findings underscore some of earth’s most pristine locations are still within reach of the toxic byproducts of the industrial age.

The substances found ranged from PCBs and mercury to the banned insecticides dieldrin and DDT. Some contaminants in fish were at levels exceeding human consumption thresholds.


Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.
 

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User


News

Halloween 2020 in Aspen: What you need to know this year

|

Halloween 2020 was to be the holy grail of Halloweens: it falls on a Saturday, with a full moon, the night before Daylights Savings Time … but 2020 had other plans. Here are some coronavirus restriction approved ways to celebrate this year.



See more