Potomac’s Intersex Fish May Get Further Study
We may eventually have more information about whether human health is at risk from pollution blamed for changing the sex of fish in the Potomac River. Several members of Congress have introduced legislation calling for a National Institutes of Health study to better understand how chemical run off from farms, industrial operations and backyards disrupt hormones, according to this story in the Washington Examiner.
The proposed study comes after last month’s alarming findings by the Potomac Conservancy, which concluded that the chemical compounds that drain into the river are causing male fish to grow eggs. While the Conservancy didn’t draw any conclusions about what those chemicals could be doing to humans, it does not sound good.
It’s about time officials got around to calling for more information since concerns about intersex fish have been around for at least a couple of decades. It’s a wonder we don’t already have a better handle on this phenomenon.