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PCB report not conclusive about whether LANL contaminants in Rio Grande (Podcast)
(2010-04-20)
(KSFR) -
The state environment department says its study of possible PCB contamination in Rio Grande water shows safe levels from five locations around the Santa Fe Buckman water project but high levels near Albuquerque.

They undertook the study to determine if contaminants from the Los Alamos lab were polluting drinking water supplies.

The level of PCBs in the Santa Fe area were below drinking-water standards. But for Albuquerque, they say that the flow of storm water could carry PCB concentrations high enough to harm fish and people.

It may sound like good news for Santa Fe. But Ralph Ford-Schmid of the New Mexico Environment Department says the study is still preliminary. They haven't been able yet to test a storm flow from the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

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