Fish Testing Finds 9 Minn. Walleye Lakes PFC-Free

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fish from nine of Minnesota’s 10 largest walleye lakes indicate those lakes have very little or no contamination from perfluorochemicals, or PFCs.

It was the first time nine of those lakes were tested for PFCs, although they had already been tested for mercury and had mercury limits in place. The lack of PFCs means advice on how much fish should be eaten from those lakes won’t change for PFCs.

Lake Pepin, Minnesota’s 10th largest walleye lake, previously had been tested and found to contain PFCs, which led to consumption recommendations. State officials began looking for PFCs in 2007 after they were discovered in fish caught in Lake Calhoun in the metro area.

PFCs are a class of chemicals that were used to make products that resist oil, stains and grease.

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  • Grandma

    So what 10 lakes are they? Duh Ah!

  • Sue

    Fortunately the Star Tribune site listed the lakes: The lakes tested include some of the most popular in the state and account for about 40 percent of the walleye harvest: Cass, Kabetogama, Lake of the Woods, Leech, Mille Lacs, Rainy, Upper Red Lake, Vermilion and Winnibigoshish.

  • chinwhiskers

    Do they plan to keep these lakes secret? What good does it do to know that 9 of our 10,000 lakes are OK to eat fish from if we don’t know which ones they are?

    • Bub

      Welcome to the “media” news that does not say anything. I was very happy to see that our “old fashioed” news in print did the same story in tital and completely.

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