Oregon State University scientists have examined a variety of coastal marine species near Newport for concentrations of heavy metals and organic pollutants and found only trace amounts with no bioaccumulation of significant concern.
Their report was presented in May to the city of Newport, which commissioned the study. It is available online at http://www.thecityofnewport.net/
Newport city officials were concerned that effluent from a Georgia-Pacific containerboard plant outfall pipe, located some 4,000 feet off Nye Beach, may be exposing some marine life to contaminants. A 2010 study by CH2M-Hill looked for heavy metals in the surrounding water and sediments and found little with which to be concerned. Their study did not investigate marine organisms, however.
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