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Scientists: Plastic waste in Great Lakes creates many woes

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 BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- Scientists say plastic pollution in the Great Lakes helps concentrate toxic chemicals in mussels, fish and other creatures that ingest plastic particles.

   That was one of the points made Thursday during a session on plastic pollution in the Great Lakes at a conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

   Besides floating in the lakes, plastic pollution can be found in sediment and washed up on beaches.

   Lorena Rios Mendoza of the University of Wisconsin-Superior says 80 percent of human marine debris is plastic and since it is not biodegradable it will remain in the water potentially for hundreds of years, if not longer.

   She says scientists need to study what happens when plastic is ingested by lake organisms.

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