Pesticides Imperil Endangered Salmon and Steelhead

Three commonly used pesticides pose a serious threat, even when used as recommended, to the survival of endangered salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River Basin and other marine life along the West Coast, according to a report by scientists with the federal government.

The 3,400-page report, also called a biological opinion, was written by the National Marine Fisheries Service for the Environmental Protection Agency. Scientists focused on the toxic effects of the organophosphate pesticides chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion on salmon and steelhead, as well as a host of other aquatic animals protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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