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    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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      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.

      Photo by Ivan Petrov

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      Samantha Carpenter, left, a wildlife technical assistant with the Illinois Natural History Survey; Kuldeep Singh, pathobiology professor at the U. of I. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; Nohra Mateus-Pinilla, an INHS wildlife veterinary epidemiologist; and U. of I. animal sciences professor Jan Novakofski found that Illinois river otters are contaminated with banned pesticides and PCBs.

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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.