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Aggravation of Accumulation




Genre: Educational

Place Covered: Albany, New York, Poughkeepsie, New York, Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2003-09-24

Duration: 00:18:45

Subjects: Educational films | Science | Environment | Pollution


  • Grandy, Greg Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Azene, Hendekea Speaker
  • Aguilar, Priscilla Speaker
  • Bergeron, Beau Speaker
  • Sloan, Ronald Interviewee
  • Alley, Earl Interviewee
  • Kaul, N.G. Interviewee
  • Reddy, Darshana Interviewee
  • Reddy, Archana Interviewee
  • Annapareddy, Revathi Interviewee
  • Stvetzle, Christopher Interviewee
  • Warner, Isiah Interviewee
  • Canuel, Elizabeth Interviewee
  • Grodner, Mary Interviewee
  • L'Hoste, Lester Interviewee
  • Motsenbocker, Carl Interviewee


In this episode of the series “Enviro-Tacklebox” from September 24, 2003, host Greg Grandy and the student reporters explore bioaccumulation and biomagnification. They cover: high mercury levels in fish; PCB contamination in the Hudson River in New York; a project by students at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, examining the negative impact of dredging the Hudson River; DDT contamination in birds that eat fish, including bald eagles, ospreys, and brown pelicans; the United Nations’ efforts to phase out the “Terrible 12” persistent organic pollutants, or POPs; PAHs; the pesticides used in farming; and organic farming. It includes interviews with: Ronald Sloan, scientist with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation; Earl Alley of the Mississippi State Chemical Lab; N.G. Kaul, the director of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Hudson River Field Office; Darshana Reddy, Archana Reddy, Revathi Annapareddy, and Christopher Stvetzle, students at Marist College; Isiah M. Warner, LSU professor; Elizabeth Canuel, a chemical oceanographer at the Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences; Mary Grodner, a professor of pesticide safety at the LSU AgCenter in Baton Rouge; Lester L’Hoste of L’Hoste Citrus; and Carl Motsenbocker of the LSU AgCenter.