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The State

Traces of cancer-causing dioxin have been found in Sacramento River fish downstream from a pulp and paper mill, a state Water Quality Control Board spokesman said. Jim Pedri of the board’s Central Valley regional office said low levels of the toxic chemical were discovered in bottom-feeding sucker fish near the Simpson Paper Co.'s Shasta Mill just south of Anderson in Shasta County. Pedri said the highest level of contamination was 22 parts per trillion, slightly below the 25 parts per trillion permitted for the interstate transportation of commercial fish.


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