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DDT contamination at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

January 1, 1980

Disposal of industrial waste resulted in massive DDT contamination atWheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama. Nearly a decade after the cessation of DDT manufacturing at the facility responsible, concentrations of DDT residues in the local fauna are still high enough to suggest avian reproductive impairment and mortality. Populations of fish-eating birds are low, endangered species are being exposed, and muscle lipids of game birds contain up to 6900 parts of DDT (isomers and metabolites) per million.

Publication Year 1980
Title DDT contamination at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Authors T. J. O'Shea, W.J. Fleming, E. Cromartie
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Science
Index ID 5221573
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Patuxent Wildlife Research Center