Subject: Pollution

Dagmar Fertl (Dagmar.Fertl@mms.gov)
Thu, 15 Apr 1999 07:42:31 -0400

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     I have two questions I would like you to answer: 
     (1). How can I test my water to see if it is good or bad? 
     (2). How can I test a Fish for PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls)? a..  

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Wayne,

These are two questions that you would need to take to a university or a 
government agency that deals with pollution.  Right away, the Environmental 
Protection Agency comes to mind, or a state government agency could help.  For 
the first part of your question, you should go to someone who does water 
testing.  Since I don't know where you live, I can't really suggest who's 
appropriate, but perhaps calling the water plant in your area is a start.
In regards to testing fish for PCBs, I have to tell you that you need to figure 
out who in your area is responsible for fish health (do you have a local fish 
and game dept in your area? That might be a good start).  To test for PCBs takes
a lot of scientific equipment and know-how, and unfortunately for both of us 
right now, I don't know exactly how to answer your question.  Another avenue for
you to go is to call a university in the area that has marine biologists or fish
biologists.  Many marine biologists have areas of expertise and are trained 
specifically to handle specific tasks.  Since I'm a whale/dolphin biologist, and
my expertise is behavioral ecology, I really can't answer physiological or 
contaminant type questions as well.  But, I wish you luck in finding out the 
answers to your questions, and I'm glad to see that you're concerned about the 
environment that is around you!

Dagmar
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