Contaminants Found in Narragansett Bay

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Jamestown Press: A researcher at the University of Rhode Island has found low levels of hazardous compounds in the waters of Narragansett Bay.

Associate Professor of Chemical Oceanography Rainer Lohmann said that while these compounds do not pose an immediate threat to human or marine life, there is cause for concern should these chemicals continue to build up in the bay.

“We got funded in 2008 to develop, in conjunction with the [Environmental Protection Agency], a simplified sampling project looking for contaminants in the water,” Lohmann said. “That was basically what we did. What we used was a very basic polyethylene sheet that we put in the water for a few weeks and let it enrich with the contaminants that we were interested in. We took it back to the lab, analyzed the results, and came up with some conclusions.”

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