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updated 09/06/2015 EPA says Columbia River toxins at unacceptable levels (01/2009) Excerpt: he EPA report compiles monitoring data in the Columbia and its tributaries since 1990 for four well- known and long-lasting hazardous pollutants. The sources of those substances range from water running off farms and industrial lands to wastewater from sewage treatment plants. Decades after it was banned, the pesticide DDT is slowly diminishing but still accumulating in fish at levels far above human health limits near agricultural areas throughout the basin, the report said, including portions of the Willamette and Snake rivers. Tests reveal high levels of toxic pollutants in Columbia River fish (10/2012) The Disgusting Truth Behind the Decline of Salmon in the Columbia River (04/2014) Excerpt: The Columbia River has a long history of being known as a toxic wasteland. Starting as far back as 1943, a 50-mile stretch of the river in southeastern Washington passes through the Hanford Site, which was a part of the Manhattan Project. Until 1971, pump systems drew water from the river to be treated and used to cool the reactors before being returned back into the river. Nearby aquifiers contain an estimated 270 billion US gallons of groundwater that has been contaminated by high-level nuclear waste that has leaked out of the storage tanks. As of 2008, a staggering 1 million US gallons of highly radioactive waste is traveling through the groundwater directly towards the Columbia with expectations of reaching the river within 12 to 50 years if cleanup is not successful. salmon-in-the-columbia-river-644 Columbia River Keeper Excerpt: The Columbia River is now the most threatened river in the nation from crude oil trains and tankers. The newly disclosed terminal, called Washington Energy Storage & Transfer (WEST), would receive 164,000 barrels per day from Alberta tar sands or the Bakken formation in North Dakota, and load the crude on to ocean-going tankers to sail over the notoriously dangerous Columbia River bar.