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Auburn asks for better algae toxin data

The Auburn City Council passed a resolution Thursday asking the state to change its reporting procedures for toxins found in harmful algal blooms, reiterating a concern the council has raised since 2017.

Currently, when reporting levels of microcystin, a toxin produced by some forms of the cyanobacteria that form harmful algal blooms, the state Department of Health does not disclose results below 0.3 parts per billion out of concerns with the statistical unreliability of such results.

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