EPA posts results of Katrina floodwater testing

The Environmental Protection Agency has posted on its Web site its findings that stagnant floodwaters in New Orleans are highly polluted and should be avoided.

EPA tested the waters a few days after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, breaching levees in New Orleans and flooding the city.

The waters contain high levels of E. coli bacteria and more than 100 pollutants including metals, pesticides, lead and herbicides, EPA said.

The Web page, with an interactive map, details the six water-sampling sites in New Orleans and gives information about the pollutants found.

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