Is Your Fish Toxic?

Asks Moldy Chum.

New data collected by Columbia Riverkeeper show shocking levels of toxic pollution in local fishermen’s catch in Oregon and Washington. A Portland, Oregon, fish, for example, contains PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) at levels 27,000 percent above what the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers safe for unrestricted consumption.

Is it an omen that this isn’t news to me? Doesn’t shock or even surprise me? I didn’t even put my coffee down, or read the entire story. I’m only posting it in light of my earlier post on mercury contamination of fish in Lake Powell.

Here’s what’s going to happen: I’m going to buy a camera, a nice camera, idiot-proof, so that I can take photos of nature – the stars and clouds and mountains and all the outdoors – so that I can provide some balance on this blog. It’s all bad news, doesn’t it seem? Overwhelmingly bad, horrible news. We need some positivity, beauty, inspiration. We need a little something to remind us what it’s all about, to make us smile and be optimistic and joyful and passionate and caring.


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