Texas river fish contaminated by PCBs won't be safe to eat for years

Fish in the Trinity River likely won't be safe to eat for many more years because of the continued presence of a toxic compound in the water, officials said Wednesday.

And some of the highest poisonous readings of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were found at sample sites in Tarrant County.

"I think we've done irreparable damage," Brian Smith, who owns about 700 acres of preserved ranchland along the river in Navarro County south of Dallas, said during a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality meeting Wednesday in Arlington. The meeting was held to update the public on the state's effort to clean up the water in a 150-mile stretch of the river in Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas and south toward Corsicana

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