Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lead Poisoning Threatens Vulnerable Albatross Population

Posted: 14 Jul 2011 08:22 AM PDT
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week announced its intent to begin cleaning up toxic, lead-based paint at federal facilities on Midway Atoll that kills up to 10,000 Laysan albatross chicks each year and also threatens the endangered Laysan duck. The announcement came after the Center for Biological Diversity issued a notice of intent to sue the Service and affiliated agencies in 2010 for their failure to remediate the hazardous waste hurting the birds, in violation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Endangered Species Act and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. The ServiceĆ¢€™s action memorandum authorizes cleanup to begin this month.

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