Cancer Causing Dioxins Resurface in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky., Oct. 2 (UPI) — Signs are being posted at 22 lakes and ponds in Kentucky warning consumers not to eat fish from their waters, the director of Louisville Metro Parks says.

The signs will warn consumers that the fish may be harmful to their health due to concerns about cancer-causing dioxins in the water, the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal reported Friday.

Metro Parks Director Mike Heitz says the decision to post warnings came after state water officials took issue with a Louisville study showing Jefferson County’s dioxin problems had dramatically improved.

A risk assessment specialist with the Kentucky Division of Water concluded there hadn’t been any improvement after reviewing the study, the Courier-Journal said.

Environmental scientist Al Westerman criticized the study for using guidelines that were 10 times less protective than those employed by the state.

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