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Coalition Hosts Panel on "Do Not Eat" Fish Advisory

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MISSOULA -

The Clark Fork Coalition held a forum on human health threats associated with a "do not eat" advisory for some fish in the Clark Fork River.

In mid-October, Fish, Wildlife and Parks issued the advisory for northern pike and rainbow trout along a 105-mile stretch of the river.

Coalition officials said the dioxins, furans and PCB's were found in fish below the former Smurfit-Stone paper mill site.

They said these toxins can cause damage to the human immune and reproductive systems and even cause cancer.

Members of the coalition said the toxins found in the fish are more evidence the area should be designated a Superfund cleanup site.

Ladd Knotek, of Fish, Wildlife & Parks, said, "Our hope is that we get the right information, and can make an informed decisions about the health of the river and if we do have problems with contaminants, what are the sources of those contaminants and ultimately get a cleanup."

Officials said the Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing public comment on whether or not the Smurfit-Stone site should be designated a Superfund site.

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