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Irresponsible Press

Oregroanian May 7, 2007 page A1: An article titled –A medicine cabinet runs through it—and hits fish. The article discusses a recent study by the USGS of the bottom material found in some portions of some of the Portland area rivers and streams. In this study, they found traces of a wide variety of compounds commonly used by humans. Note the word traces. Left out of this article was the amount of this material found. The word traces could mean as little as a couple of ounces in 500 tons of bottom material. Why did the author leave out that important piece of information?

He links this study to another study that shows some of the local salmon are showing traces of an egg yolk protein normally found in adult salmon. That study assumed it was something in the water. Assumptions are not facts. The author juxtapositions these two studies such that the reader is lead to believe that they are connected. The chance that they are connected is as great as the chance they are not connected. This at best is irresponsible press, at worst propaganda.

The first article was on the chemical make up of the sediments deposited, on the stream bottom, the second article had to do with the water not the bottom material. The trace elements in the bottom have been deposited there over 100 years. That means that the concentrations of these compounds have built up slowly over those years. The young salmon are exposed to the liquid water for less than 1 year. Thus, the fish are exposed to less than 100th of the trace minerals.

The major thrust of this article is the authors concern for the fish and the usual, “…simple answer with drugs and cosmetic compounds is that they come from people.” Would the Oregroanian and the environmentalist be happy if people didn’t exist? Many streams in this state supply drinking water to humans. Is the Oregroainan more concerned about the health of salmon than humans?



By E. Geese

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