Archive for Thursday, June 30, 2011

25 years ago: Warning issued about eating fish caught in Kansas River

June 30, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 30, 1986:

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Fish and Game Commission issued a health advisory about carp caught in the Kansas River between Lawrence and Eudora. Consumption of carp should be limited, officials said, because of high levels of chlordane, a cancer-causing insecticide, found in edible portions of the fish during testing the previous fall. The findings applied only to carp, but officials were warning fishermen that other bottom-feeding fish, such as catfish, might be likewise affected. Residents whose drinking water came from the Kaw were not in any danger, as tests showed that the chlordane was not appearing in Lawrence's treated water.


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 12 months ago


Chlordane was a manufactured chemical, commonly used in 1948-1988, on corn and citrus crops as a pesticide, as well as a method of termite control.

Because of concern about damage to the environment and harm to human health, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned all uses of chlordane in 1983 except termite control. The EPA banned all uses of chlordane in 1988.

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