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Spill harming aquatic life, tests show
by Judy Fahys
The Salt Lake Tribune
June 23, 2010

Toxic chemicals from the Red Butte Creek oil spill had both immediate and lingering impacts on aquatic wildlife, the Utah Division of Water Quality said Tuesday.

Previous tests already had shown chemical components of crude oil in the creek and the Jordan River downstream that quickly became airborne.

The latest, more detailed tests reveal that impact on aquatic life was significant in the first few miles of the 33,600-gallon spill. The division said the results also show that the toxics did not reach the Great Salt Lake, where rainbow-colored, petrochemical sheens turned up June 12, the morning the spill was detected.

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