Sweetener found in streams linked to leaking cesspools

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LIHU‘E — Traces of the artificial sweetener sucralose have been found in 20 streams and four rivers on Kaua‘i, and some scientists say it could mean cesspools and septic systems on the island are leaking into those streams and rivers.

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