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Toxic chemicals found in Tomigusuku pond

Date Posted: 2008-05-09

Dead fish were discovered first in the Sankaku Pond in Tomigusuku City, and then environmental officials found a spatula heron dead and two others sick and in weak condition.

The Prefecture Environment Protection Section was quickly called in, and they “checked the water in the pond, and fish that were dead, and we found high concentrations of very poisonous organic chemistry insecticide called parathion.” Parathion is an agricultural chemical which has been banned from Okinawa for more than 30 years, leaving officials puzzled where it came from.

The Naha Natural Environment Office says “it looks like the spatula heron at the dead fish, infecting himself.” An investigator says they’ve traced the agricultural chemicals from the pond water to a drain, which continues to the waterway of nearby farm fields. The chemicals, the investigator says, are not sold in Okinawa, and have been prohibited since 1972.

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