Wednesday, October 12, 2005

How Dirty is New Orleans?

Analyses of Floodwater Find Lower Levels of Toxic Chemicals Than Feared - New York Times

Lucky them that the levels of toxic materials is lower than suspected... or perhaps not? I only got as far as the third paragraph when I read this little doozy:
[blockqoute]The researchers, from Louisiana State University, found that the water had high levels of bacteria but that concentrations of other contaminants like heavy metals and chemicals from gasoline were no worse than what typically washed down a New Orleans street after a hard rain.[/blockqoute]

This makes me wonder are the levels actually low, or are they simply as low as they normally were (which could have been quite high). A rather misleading headline in my opinion.


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