URI Professor Finds Chemicals in The Narragansett

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A University of Rhode Island researcher says he has detected low levels of hazardous chemical compounds not normally monitored by federal environmental officials throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed.

Rainer Lohmann, an associate professor of chemical oceanography, tested for the chemicals in 27 locations and found them in every one. The chemicals are common in personal care products and industrial processes.

Lohmann and fellow researchers on Wednesday called the chemicals “emerging contaminants of concern.”

He said their presence alone isn't reason enough to avoid swimming in the water or eating seafood but that many more chemicals could be out there which, taken together, could be
“worrisome.”

The highest concentrations of chemicals were identified in the Blackstone River, Woonasquatucket River and the upper Narragansett Bay.

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