The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


June 7, 2012

DEP Secretary: Calling Susquehanna River impaired 'not scientifically justified'

HARRISBURG — The secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection used the first three pages of a written statement Wednesday rebutting concerns of nearly two dozen agency retirees, those who suggested that the Susquehanna River, with its smallmouth bass anomalies, ought to be declared impaired.

In short, Michael Krancer said they were all wet.

Then, on Page 4, he admitted Pennsylvania officials are concerned enough to hire Hunter Carrick, a professor from Central Michigan University, to conduct a study this summer on algae and nutrients in the river to determine what’s causing the problems with a diminishing smallmouth bass population — and the disturbing physical appearance of dark lesions on the fish that are caught.

Krancer was responding to an urgent plea by 22 retired DEP professionals who were making a case for listing the Susquehanna River as an impaired waterway.

Read more about this story in Thursday's edition of The Daily Item.


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