OPB's 'Oregon Field Guide' features Local 3336 members
Updated On: Feb 01, 2013 (16:26:00)
The DEQ workers express concerns during testing of parts of the Columbia River
Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Oregon Field Guide" program has recently
run a feature on Columbia River toxins that features sev
Oregon Public Broadcasting's
"Oregon Field Guide" program has recently run a feature on Columbia River
toxins featuring several Oregon AFSCME Local 3336 (DEQ) members. The program
originally ran on Jan. 31, and repeats on Feb. 3.
"The mid-Columbia River,
above Bonneville Dam, has never been tested extensively for contamination until
now," says Local 3336 member-activist and water analyst Karen Williams. "DEQ
conducted one of its largest surveys and found the middle river shares many of
the same contaminants as the lower river. Water samples generally came out
clean, but fish showed levels of mercury, PCBs and other pollutants that could
present health concerns to those who eat lots of fish.
"I think people would be
interested to see the program, and see our members at work."
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