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Sewage Leaks Raise Questions About Seafood Safety

June 26th, 2008 by flanews

A Florida Environmental group says the state’s oceans and seafood industry are endangered because of a broken sewage system. The Clean Water Network of Florida investigated more than 2-thousand sewage treatment plants throughout the state. The group says most of the plants it checked out were leaking sewage and chemicals into the water systems that flow into the ocean. They say some of the plants are outdated and too small to handle the state’s growing population. Jack Rudloe, the director of Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory says seafood in the gulf is being contaminated with human waste.

“You don’t poop where you eat. And that’s what we’re doing you know. We have a gulf of Mexico that has one of the riches seafood bodies in the world and were basically destroying it,” said Rudloe.

The group wants the state to pump money into Florida’s 4-thousand plus treatment plants and is calling for stricter penalties for centers that leak waste.

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