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Hamilton Environmental Group Issues New Fish Consumption Warnings for Binbrook Conservation Area

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The Hamilton Spectator reports that a group of environmentalists has begun posting signs around Binbrook Conservation Area warning people to not eat any fish they catch there, including all bass, pike, carp, crappie and catfish.

 

According to the Spectator story, Lake Niapenco and the Welland River was found to be contaminated with a substance called perfluorooctane sulfonate in 2009. The chemical is used in foam fire retardants used at the Hamilton airport’s fire practice pad. The environmentalists are upset that the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority, which operates Binbrook, hasn't posted warning signs of their own. Further, they're concerned the chemical has leeched into the groundwater, since so many people in that area get their drinking water from wells.

 

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