Scientists Back Off Claims Maine Knew About Toxic Lobsters


Portland Press Herald: Scientists who claimed that Maine officials knew for years about high levels of mercury in lobsters near the mouth of the Penobscot River reversed their account on Friday [February 21, 2014], saying they never notified the state about the hazardous mercury levels.

The scientists told two news outlets in separate interviews Thursday that they had shared those findings with state officials in reports issued in 2008 and 2009 and in a meeting in 2010, as they continued to work on a court-ordered study of mercury in the river. But on Friday, after talking among themselves, the researchers said they had misremembered what information had been made available to the state and when it was made available.

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