Gallery: Paper Mill Waste Spill Kills Hundreds of Thousands of Fish in ...

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Just one dead fish sitting in the hot sun does not make for a pleasant smell, but imagine the stench from hundreds of thousands of dead fish spread out over 60 miles baking in 90 degree heat. Thanks to a spill of waste material from a paper mill, that is exactly what residents along Louisiana’s Pearl River experienced recently. Because of a faulty waste management system, a mill in Bogalusa released a high concentration of waste that the mill owner refers to as “black tar.” The liquid effectively sucked all of the oxygen out of a large section of the river, killing every breathing organism in its path, including federally protected gulf sturgeon, catfish, and flounder.

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