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[1THING] Blog: Archive for the ‘Wildlife’ Category

[ Mercury Guidelines For Pregnant Women Don’t Go Far Enough ]

(from The Oregonian)

If you’re expecting or breastfeeding, might want to lay off the tuna.

A new study found that almost 30 percent of pregnant women who eat a lot of fish had more mercury in their bodies than the level recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency. About 60 percent had more than even the most conservative recommended levels. 

The Food and Drug Administration guidelines recommend that pregnant or breastfeeding women or those planning to conceive avoid high mercury level seafood like tilefish, shark, swordfish and king mackerel; however they do say that women should eat plenty of low mercury species like salmon, shrimp, pollock, tilapia, catfish, and cod. That list also includes canned light tuna, which the new study says is a significant source of mercury in women’s diets.  

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[ State of Oregon fined due to coastal pollution ]

(from The Oregonian)

Federal environmental regulators have fined the state $1.2 million for failure to come up with what they feel is an adequate plan for controlling runoff from logging, agriculture and other sources.

The standards were parts of Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Program, established in 1990. At that time, coastal states were given six years to draft plans for reaching compliance. Oregon is one of 10 states that have yet to gain approval from the federal government, but the first to be fined.

Richard Whitman, Gov. Kate Brown’s natural resources adviser, says that the state plans to address remaining concerns through voluntary measures. Federal administrators told Whitman those measures are “not sufficiently definite or advanced” to avoid sanctions.

Federal officials had delayed final inspection of Oregon’s plan for nearly two decades. Then the environmental group Northwest Environmental Advocates sued to force them to either approve or reject the plan.



(from Oregon Live)

There’s good news for one of nature’s showiest creatures.

A new report from the Department of Fish & Wildlife says that Monarch butterflies are on the rebound after years of population decline. The latest population counts show a 255% increase over last year in the butterflies’ wintering grounds in Mexico.

U.S. officials say that while the Monarchs are still struggling, years of habitat restoration work with our neighbors in Canada and Mexico are starting to show results.

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