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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Oceanographer appeals for legislation to reduce chemical pollution in oceans

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A URI scientist who studies chemical pollutants in the marine environment is calling on Congress to pass the Safe Chemicals Act or similar legislation that would reduce the growing number of harmful chemicals in the world’s oceans.

“There are thousands of chemical compounds that are used by industry for all sorts of purposes, and it turns out that they aren’t well regulated at all,” said Rainer Lohmann, a professor in the URI Graduate School of Oceanography.

Lohmann said that when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was started and the first legislation was passed to regulate chemicals in the environment, about 100,000 compounds...

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