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Mercury, PCBs prompt warning about Devil's Bayou

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Ed. note - As is said and shown in the story, the fish in Billy Whetstone's market do not and never have come from Devil's Swamp.

BATON ROUGE - Louisiana agencies say nobody should eat fish or crawfish from Devil's Swamp and Bayou Baton Rouge, or swim or boat there, because of mercury and PCB pollution.

The Departments of Health and Hospitals, Environmental Quality and Wildlife and Fisheries say Wednesday's advisory replaces one against eating fish from the area more than twice a month. That advisory had been in effect since 1993.

The Environmental Protection Agency says a 190-acre hazardous waste site was the apparent source of PCBs, but there's no single source for the mercury.

Rollins Environmental Services Inc. once owned the site. Current owner Clean Harbors Inc. says it has completed a state-ordered cleanup of a drainage ditch on its property and is working on a federally ordered feasibility study about cleaning the swamp and bayou.



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