Post Register: Two-Headed Fish Linked to Simplot Mine

Posted by George Prentice on Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 9:02 AM

A bizarre image that you might sport in Ripley's Believe It Or Not appeared this week in the Idaho Falls Post Register.

A young, deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout is seen in this photograph taken from a draft of the J.R. Simplot Co.s report on the effects of selenium on fish near the companys Smoky Canyon mine.
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  • A young, deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout is seen in this photograph taken from a draft of the J.R. Simplot Co.'s report on the effects of selenium on fish near the company's Smoky Canyon mine.

A picture of a two-headed trout accompanied a story that said a wide range of deformities could be linked to contamination in Eastern Idaho's Smoky Canyon mine. The Post Register reported that studies commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Co. confirmed selenium contamination coming from the company's phosphate mine, east of Soda Springs, was linked to snout, crania and fin deformities of fish in the watershed.

In two studies, carried out by Simplot-hired consulting firms, eggs from adult Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout and Brown Trout that been exposed to selenium were hatched in laboratories. The deformed fish came from the eggs.

The Department of Environmental Quality received the 1,200-page Simplot report on Monday.

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Selenium toxicity is an old story in California where 30 years ago selenium in agricultural drainage water destroyed the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in Merced County, triggering major embryo deformities in migrating ducks and birds and wiping out the fish population completely. Federal government has ignored the selenium problem in agriculture and mining (coal and phosphate) for last three decades. To learn more, go to my website at and search for "selenium." The U.S. Geological Survey also has a selenium library website with tons of information.
Lloyd Carter
Fresno, CA

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Posted by Lloyd Carter on 02/03/2012 at 11:15 AM

Pro bass fisherman Jeremy Starks of West Virginia says the water downstream from coal mines is the best most cleanest water for fishing he has ever seen.

He is also a paid spokesman for the Friends of Coal ....

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Posted by Dave Cooper on 02/10/2012 at 11:26 AM

Selenium is bio-accumulative and bio-magnifying and is costing the Sport Fishing Industry a ton of money. This White Paper by USFS Wildlife Biologist Dr. A. Dennis Lemly documents monetary damage to 22 fisheries affected by toxic coal ash dumping…

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Posted by Sam3 on 02/28/2012 at 5:35 PM

Hey, haven't you heard? Two heads are better than one.

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Posted by seekandfind on 05/20/2012 at 3:04 PM

What is going on here? How come I have never heard of this except through John Stewart, a comedy show? Where is the EPA in this situation? Why did Simplot refuse to speak to the "fake press?". Now we know there is something to hide. The public needs to know more.

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Posted by Meg Kivett on 06/14/2012 at 10:04 PM

I heard it thru John Stewart too and hope Idaho residents and the EPA take steps to stop this pollution now and preserve that beautiful state for future generations. Follow the money & you will see how/why this could happen 40 years after ecology came to the national forefront.

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Posted by Linda Dupuis on 06/15/2012 at 6:49 AM

This is just one more disgusting example of big business paying off the government and being allowed to destroy everything and anything that gets in the way of making money.

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Posted by Vicki Purdon on 06/15/2012 at 3:08 PM

All this is just the tip of the iceberg.The Simplot crime family of Boise,Idaho and many other conservative deutchbag criminal scum all need to be lined-up at a firing squad and shot.Enough is enough.

The Mormon Church deutchbag criminal scum is a rich and powerful ally of the Simplot deutchbag criminal scum.... and all of their organized criminal racketeering activities.It was both J.R.Simplot and the Mormons who masterminded the Bill Clinton sex scandal of 1998,with the help of those two women,Monica Lewinsky and Linda tripp.

But that's not all.The Mormons are responsible for comitting crimes of domestic terrorism against America,including the anthrax attacks of 2001.which killed five people and injured many others.The corrupt F.B.I. takes sides with both the Simplot criminal deutchbags and the Mormons.They made an innocent Fort Detrick worker by the name of Bruce Ivins the fall guy and patsy for these Mormon crimes.The F.B.I. harassed Bruce Ivins to the point where he committed suicide.

Yep,that's right.Both the Bill Clinton sex scandal and anthrax attacks masterminded in Boise,Idaho by J.R.Simplot thugs and their Mormon cronies.

The J.R.Simplot thugs who run a corrupt State of Idaho.... and the Mormon Church thugs who operate together with them.... are responsible for completely destroying other people's life with the following:

* Mafia-style discrimination and harassment(by radical right-wing extremists).

* Psychiatric defamation(both libel and slander.... to discredit the targeted individual as mentally ill and unstable so that nobody will take them serious).

* Totally one-sided favoritism toward the perpetrators:by corrupt police and corrupt government officials.

* Organized criminal gang-stalking activity(being followed around no matter what part of the country the target victim moves or relocates to).

* Bugging and wiretapping of private and personal telephone conversations.

* Black-balling and harassment from gainful employment.

And yet corrupt police and corrupt government officials continue to take sides with the organized criminal racketeering deutchbag scum of J.R.Simplot and the Mormon Church.... including the crooked F.B.I. and the corrupt Department of Injustice.

And yet you thought the selenium pollution and two-headed fish was bad.

I sincerely hope the Boise Weekly will publish and expose them,bringing all their crimes to light.And I sincerely hope that everybody else out there will continue to spread the word about J.R.Simplot,the Mormon Church and their criminal involvement in all these things.

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Posted by expose_conservative_criminals on 02/26/2013 at 7:51 PM

I guess just about anybody can be an arrogant criminal low-life above the law as long as they have as much money and power as J.R.Simplot Company and the Mormon Church.All you have to do is slander people as mentally unstable and pay-off corrupt officials in high places.

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