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  • Illinois river otters still exposed to chemicals banned decades ago

    A new study found that river otters in Illinois are being exposed to dieldrin, DDE (a byproduct of DDT), PCBs and other chemicals banned decades ago.

    A new study found that river otters in Illinois are being exposed to dieldrin, DDE (a byproduct of DDT), PCBs and other chemicals banned decades ago.

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  • To reach Samantha Carpenter, email samantha@illinois.edu; Jan Novakofski, 217-333-6181; jnova@illinois.edu. Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, 217-333-6856; nohram@illinois.edu. The paper, “River Otters as Biomonitors for Organochlorine Pesticides, PCBs, and PBDEs in Illinois,” is available online or from the U. of I. News Bureau.