Oregon State University researcher Dr. Sarah Henkel told the Newport City Council Monday night that the GP outfall does not appear to pose any significant health threat to the coast. She said her team sampled clams, crabs, fish and other organisms north and south of the GP outfall as well within the GP outfall mixing zones nearly a mile off Nye Beach. She went through a long list of potential harmful chemicals and some were found, but at extremely low levels, and not many of them attributable to the outfall. She noted the study reveals that a lot of man-made chemicals are found in the environment but that in this case, they’re at very, very low levels – neither a threat to fish life nor to human beings, even if they eat them.
Although there are a number of critics of the outfall study, none offered any testimony before the council in any form of rebuttal.