Friday, September 18, 2009

Endocrine Disruptor Pesticides Linked to Widespread Occurrence of "Intersex" Fish- So Far Yukon River Fish Not Affected

Widespread Occurrence Of Intersex Bass Found In U.S. Rivers

This week the United States Geological Survey released the most extensive study to date of the occurrence of "intersex" fish in U.S. waters. Alaska's Yukon River was the only studied river where no intersex fish were found. While few will be surprised that Alaska's great river is still pure enough to avoid some of the ills found in the lower 48, what is shocking is the extent of the problem discovered. At the Pee Dee River in South Carolina, one test site revealed that 91% of the bass were intersex, i.e. males had eggs in the testes or females exhibited male organ development.

It is ominous that this documentation emerges just as the Alaska Railroad is seeking a permit to spray a herbicide that has been shown to disrupt endocrine systems along 90 miles of track from Seward to Indian. It is also a poorly kept secret that the Alaska state highway department is gearing up to start herbicide use if the railroad can set a precedent.

Alaska former Governor Jay Hammond stopped herbicide use by state agencies in 1978. The emerging studies prove how far-sighted our bush-rat governor was. So far Sean Parnell has kept mum, at least in public, as to whether he will sit back and let the state entities start poisoning our streams and rivers with endocrine disrupting herbicides.

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