Sampling Finds Increased Mercury Contamination in Utah Fish

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
5 February 2007, at 12:00am

SALT LAKE CITY - A two-year study of mercury contamination in Utah's waterways has found 14 additional sites where fish carry contaminants at higher levels than considered safe by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The findings come from the Utah Division of Water Quality.

Division assistant Director John Whitehead says the public needs to know about the contamination sites.

The EPA says mercury contamination is of concern when it reaches .03 milligrams per kilogram of fish. The rate is tied to chronic eating of mercury contaminated fish.

Utah sampling of nearly 12-hundred fish in 220 locations found 125 samples where mercury contamination was higher.