Q&A: How Pristine Are Our National Parks?

OPB | June 23, 2010 11 p.m. | Updated: July 17, 2012 1:07 a.m. | Portland, OR

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If you think our National Parks are pristine, unspoiled places, a couple of new reports might make you think again. 

They say national parks in the West are affected by pesticides, the burning of fossil fuels, and industrial operations. Researchers studied eight national parks and preserves between 2003 and 2005. 

Stacy Simonich was one of the researchers. She’s an associate professor of toxicology and chemistry at Oregon State University, and she joins me on the line from Corvallis.

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