- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona environmental regulators say it’s no longer unsafe to eat fish caught in the Gila (HEE’-luh) River and tributaries within and downstream of the Phoenix metro area due to banned pesticides.

The Department of Environmental Quality on Wednesday lifted a 24-year-old consumption advisory that covered 100 mile s of streams and 286 acres of lakes. The advisory was based on previously unsafe levels of DDT, chlordane and toxaphene.

ADEQ Water Quality Division Director Trevor Baggiore said testing of dozens of fish samples indicates the banned pesticides no longer pose a health risk in the area. He credits that to cessation of the use of the pesticides.

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Aug. 7 approved the state’s request to remove the Gila and its tributaries from an impaired-waters list.

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