DEC completes testing of Sitka clams and mussels

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The Department of Environmental Conservation has completed its testing of clams and mussels collected from Starrigavan Bay in Sitka.

The study was conducted as a follow-up to a Department of Transportation report that revealed potentially high levels of lead in clams from the area.

Only two of eight samples, one of littleneck clams and one of butter clams, both collected near the Sitka Trap Club, had levels that slightly exceeded recommended levels for pregnant women and children aged 2 to 5.

DEC also tested clams from the Old Sitka Historical Site and did not find elevated levels of leads in those samples.

Golder Associates, which oversaw the collection and testing of clams for DOT, had sample results of 27.2 parts per million of lead. The U.S. Food and Drug Association's level for pregnant women is 1.7 ppm. For children 2 to 5 years old it is 0.8 ppm.

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