The committee met Wednesday night to hear state, parish and private officials update conditions on the Pearl River after the fish kill. Its members directed their warnings and concerns mainly to the state departments of Environmental Quality, Health and Hospitals, and Wildlife and Fisheries.
Officials from those departments presented test results that echo results from preliminary tests: The "black liquor" released into the river depleted the oxygen, which killed thousands of fish but did not pose any danger to humans.
DEQ officials also said tests confirmed that a more recent, smaller fish kill was caused by Tropical Storm Lee, and not Temple-Inland, the paper mill that released the fish-killing chemical.
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