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Organochlorines decline in US waters

Levels of organochlorine insecticides in marine organisms in US coastal waters have decreased significantly at nearly all monitoring sites, according to a 20-year study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The first national summary of data collected through the “Mussel Watch” programme was issued this month. “It is interesting to note that pesticides, such as DDT, and industrial chemicals, such as PCBs, show significant decreasing trends around the nation, but similar trends were not found for trace metals,” says programme manager Gunnar Lauenstein.

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