DON’T EAT: Fish in Pennsylvania’s Shenango River are contaminated

HARRISBURG, PA (WKBN) – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is warning people to not eat fish from the Shenango River in Mercer and Lawrence counties.

The department said “extremely high” levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) has been found in the water. The levels are over ten times the “no consumption” limit.

PCBs have been shown to cause cancer and negative effects on the immune system, reproductive system, nervous system, endocrine system, and other organs.

The advisory is for all fish in the river and affects the Shenango Lake Dam to the mouth of the river in New Castle.

It’s not known where the PCB is coming from.

The dangerous chemical compound could remain in the river for decades if it isn’t properly cleaned from the water. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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