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NFC: Indiana big fish kill: toxic metals probed

 <A HREF="http://www.starnews.com/news/citystate/2000/jan/0123st_waste.html">S
tarNews.com : Toxic metals probed in fish kill</A>

"Toxic metals might be part of the chemical cocktail that poisoned 88 tons of
White River fish............"

 "The state has yet to pinpoint the exact cause of the fish ill despite 
having spent as much as $200,000 on lab tests."

"But the chemical trail still leads to Guide Corp., according to 

See above link for details.

I have observed that the newspaper has stopped running daily stories on the 
event.  The evening news I normally watch (Channel 8) still has daily 
stories.  Today they have reported that the FBI has assigned an agent that 
specializes in environmental crimes to the case.  

They also reported about a system of keeping native fish in an aquaria and 
having scientists observe them after subjecting them to treated water being 
dumped in to the river at waste water treatment plants.  This appears to be 
done more or less in real time.  If anything detrimental is observed, they 
can take action.  Channel 8 reported this sort of as a "canary in a coal 
mine" warning system but that it isn't used much because of the expense.  
They showed video of a large aquarium full of common minnows.  

I know I am preaching to the choir, but I am afraid that it is human nature 
to pay attention to the big kills but then allow ourselves to complacently go 
back to slowly poisoning our eco system.  

Chuck Church
Indianapolis, Indiana USA