Shenango River Fishes tested positive with dangerous chemicals


The officials from environmental protection have issued a warning. From beginning of Shenango River in New Castle to the Lawrence and mercer counties people in western Pennsylvania

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The fish caught in Shenango River across western Pennsylvania possess high level of dangerous chemicals tested by officials. Officials recommends people to stay away from some species. Moreover, fish tissue samples contained high level of polychlorinated biphenyls. Tests verify that 10 times higher than issued by consumption advisory.

Polychlorinated biphenyl in high proportions cause adverse health effects

PCBs in humans increase rates of melanomas, liver cancer, gall bladder cancer, biliary tract cancer, gastrointestinal tract cancer, and brain cancer, and may be linked to breast cancer. This chemical used as coolant fluids in electrical machinery.

In addition, officials specified the fish species on warning issued for channel catfish, small mouth, largemouth bass, Muskellunge, Crap, Wall eye and extended to all species.

According to the DEP, fish species caught in the river found to have polychlorinated biphenyl in high proportions which can cause serious adverse health effects, including cancer.

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However, water companies tested most recently but there is no contamination in the water. The companies to increase the frequency of water testing. The Pennsylvania department also warned fisherman not to eat the fish from river.