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Elevated Mercury Levels Found in Fish

Elevated Mercury Levels Found in Fish

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Four of 170 fish taken from state waterways contained mercury levels exceeding federal standards.

State water quality directo5r Walt Baker says the four fish were two brown trout caught in Mill Creek near Moab, a channel catfish from the Green River in Uintah County and a largemouth bass from Gunlock Reservoir in Washington County.

The four were among 170 taken from 31 state streams, lakes and reservoirs between 2000 and 2002 as part of a broader ecology study.

Four fish aren't enough for environmental protection officials to draw any conclusions on the effects mercury contamination may be having in Utah.

But the Water Quality division is ready to start developing testing protocols that would help health officials decide whether mercury-related fish consumption adviseries are needed.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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