Alarming Report On Chemicals Found

In a Charleston harbor

Patrick Gentry
October 12, 2018 - 11:58 am

A new study shows high levels of a chemical compound in fish caught near the South Carolina coast.

The Post and Courier reports a new study by the Medical University of South Carolina found elevated levels of PCBs in fish from Charleston Harbor and the Ashley and Cooper rivers.

The study shows all of the fish tested exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency's limits for PCBs, compounds used in consumer products and industrial applications before they were banned in 1979.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control says fish caught in the harbor and rivers can be eaten safely.

But DHEC spokesman Tommy Crosby said the agency is reviewing the findings by the medical university. The study could lead to recommendations on limiting consumption of fish from those waterways.

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