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Resource ID: #21115
Subject: Pollution
Source: Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.)
Date: 2003-11-22



This investigation showed how a potentially harmful rocket-fuel chemical had contaminated the nation's supply of winter lettuce. Approximately ninety percent of the nation's winter lettuce is grown in the Imperial and Coachella valleys, and is irrigated with Colorado River water. The river is contaminated from a Cold War -era manufacturing plant near Las Vegas that stopped making perchlorate in 1998.

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