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Not when the State of Wisconsin says they aren't necessary before consideration of Great Lakes water diversion proposals. This is the fail-safe Great Lakes Compact with its "ironclad" protections? Not when politicos decide to blow holes in the iron.
This kind of 'reporting' (actually news release rewriting) can do great harm to people and public policy. The truth is far removed from the shipping industry's claim. Even if these 'draconian' air rules were implemented, shippers would still be allowed to pollute at a rate 67 times higher than their landborne trucking competitors. The backward shipping industry of the Great Lakes is behaving just like the recalcitrant domestic auto industry did, and we know what happened to it.
A study posted on-line by the Minnesota PCA shows pharmaceuticals and
other emerging contaminants of concern are found in a wide range of
Minnesota waters and bottom sediments.
The hormone androstenedione was found in 64 percent of sampled lakes,
50 percent of sampled rivers, estrone (55 percent of the lakes, 75
percent of the rivers), and 17β-estradiol (55 percent of the lakes, 38
percent of the rivers). These may be of human origin, naturally
occurring, or both.
For sediment, the most frequently detected compounds were:
• Bisphenol-A (82 percent of the lakes, 57 percent of the rivers) • Acetaminophen (a common pain medication) (50 percent of all samples)
• 4-octylphenol diethoxylate (an ingredient in some detergents) (36 percent of the lakes, 71 percent of the rivers).