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Scientists Discover Pollution 10,000 Meters Below Ocean’s Surface
Scientists have discovered the presence of chemical pollutants in some of the ocean’s deepest trenches, previously thought to be nearly untouched by human influence. In fact, they’ve found levels of contamination in some marine organisms living there that rival some of the most polluted waterways on the planet. The researchers, from the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute in the UK, focused on two specific types of chemical pollutants: polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, both of which may cause a variety of adverse health effects, including neurological, immune and reproductive issues and even cancer (in humans).
 
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Federal Permit Required for use of Aquatic Pesticides - The EPA has approval of the courts to issue a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, which will require the filing of permits, along additional record-keeping and reporting requirements for point source discharges of biological and chemical pesticides that leave a residue. This included the operators that use pesticides for weed and algae control.


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