23 Feb '12, 6pm

This Mutant Two-Headed Trout May Spur a Pollution Crackdown

This Mutant Two-Headed Trout May Spur a Pollution Crackdown

Simplot, Fish & Wildlife Service/Public Domain Two weeks ago, Rachel reported that the Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) determined that a mining operation in Idaho was contaminating creeks with toxic selenium, causing deformities in fish populations. And the horrifyingly unsafe levels of selenium in the water—in some places more than 14 times the legal limit—had led to the birth of at least two sickly double-headed trouts. The New York Times reports that the J.R. Simplot Company, the owner of the mine, had been instructed to conduct its own environmental research, and had included photos of some of the many deformed fish in the appendix of its report. The FWS, in determining that research to be overwhelmingly biased towards the mining operation, unearthed the photos, particularly of the two-headed fish—and environmental groups went wild. Simplot, Fish & Wildlife Service/Publi...

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