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January 23, 2014

Ore. may add Rogue to list of rivers with too much mercury

  • The new findings are expected to lead to cleanup plans and public-health advisories about eating fish.
  • MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — The Rogue and about a dozen other Oregon rivers are poised to join the state's growing list of mercury-impaired waters tapped for future cleanups and other efforts to reduce levels of this toxic pollutant.

    The state Department of Environmental Quality has proposed adding the 216 miles of the Rogue River — including the main stem upstream of Lost Creek Lake, as well as Emigrant Creek — on the dubious list of water bodies with high levels of mercury in resident fish.

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