June 14, 2010 - Industry has flourished along the banks of the Spokane River for more than a century. So, perhaps it’s no surprise that high levels of PCBs show up in rainbow trout and other fish.
Once found in everything from lipstick to cable insulation, PCBs were banned more than 30 years ago because of their link to cancer and other health problems. But the toxic compounds are still flowing into the river through storm water runoff.
Tracking the pollution’s source is part of a $980,000 "Urban Waters Initiative" at the Washington Department of Ecology.