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Studies: Chemicals are common in Minn. waters

Former DNR secretary calls for more testing in Wisconsin

5:00 PM, May 26, 2013
Water samples from the popular Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis contained caffeine, a component of plastic, an antibacterial soap ingredient, an antibiotic used on swine, a breakdown product of cocaine, an antidepressant, a fungicide and a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, according to one of two Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports released earlier this month. Wisconsin's lakes have not undergone similar scrutiny.
Water samples from the popular Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis contained caffeine, a component of plastic, an antibacterial soap ingredient, an antibiotic used on swine, a breakdown product of cocaine, an antidepressant, a fungicide and a drug used to treat Parkinson's disease, according to one of two Minnesota Pollution Control Agency reports released earlier this month. Wisconsin's lakes have not undergone similar scrutiny.
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Minnesota researchers found 56 chemicals - including cocaine - in the state's waters, according to two studies released earlier this month that raise questions about potential impacts on wildlife and human health.

Environmental experts said the discoveries in lakes, rivers and streams increase the pressure on Wisconsin to figure out what's in its water. A key Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources official said the state's waters are likely also contaminated, but that the state has no money for such monitoring.

The chemicals were detected at trace amounts in 47 of 50 Minnesota ...

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