DDT contamination at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

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Science  25 Jul 1980:
Vol. 209, Issue 4455, pp. 509-560
DOI: 10.1126/science.7394517


Disposal of industrial waste resulted in massive DDT contamination at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama. Nearly a decade after the cessation of DDT manufacturing at the facility responsible, concentrations of DDT residues in the local fauna are still high enough to suggest avian reproductive impairment and mortality. Populations of fish-eating birds are low, endangered species are being exposed, and muscle lipids of game birds contain up to 6900 parts of DDT (isomers and metabolites) per million.