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Newsletter—June 2007

Note: The following summaries are based on articles from the press and from peer-reviewed publications, and they represent the opinions of the original authors. The views of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government, and shall not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes. Reference herein to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise, does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government.

Recent Advisory News

  • State issues warning for Ohio River fish-eaters. KENTUCKY—Kentucky state health and wildlife officials recently issued a new flathead catfish consumption advisory for the lower reach of the Ohio River. Monitoring data suggests that no change is needed for the existing advisories on other water bodies.
    • Source: Louisville Courier Journal - May 30, 2007
  • DNREC issues fish intake advisory. DELAWARE—Delaware state officials recently updated their fish advisories. In addition to consumption advisories for specific water bodies, the state health officials also included a statewide advisory for all salt and fresh waters within the state.
    • Source: Delmarva Daily Times - May 29, 2007
  • Mercury levels lend to specific fish warnings. UTAH—Utah state health officials recently updated their fish consumption advisory for rainbow trout and brown trout due to elevated mercury levels observed in fish tissue samples collected from six waterbodies.
    • Source: St. George Daily Spectrum - May 15, 2007
  • Polluted lake now boasts 30 species of fish, and lots of them. NEW YORK—Due to mercury contamination, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation changed its consumption advisory for largemouth and smallmouth bass, and walleye over 15 inches in length, collected from Onondaga Lake from once a month consumption to no consumption.
    • Source: Syracuse Post Standard - May 25, 2007
  • 2007 fish consumption guide issued. MICHIGAN—The Michigan Department of Community Health recently updated their fish consumption advisories. In brief, 71 advisories were relaxed or rescinded and 40 advisories were expanded.
    • Source: The Bay City Times - May 17, 2007

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Current Events, News and Journal Articles

  • Levels of PCDD/PCDFs and PCBs in edible marine species and human intake: A literature review. The authors reviewed the science associated with recent studies on human consumption of seafood and fish contaminated with PCDD/F and PCBs. The article includes discussion on health risks associated with various populations.
    • Source: Domingo, J.L., Bocio, A. (2007). Environment International. Volume 33(3): 397-405.
  • Seafood from China may be a health risk. CHINA ? This article summarizes some of the findings from a recent report from the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry journal. The researchers evaluated potential health risks associated with elevated concentrations of organochlorine pesticides observed in seafood (shrimp, crabs, and mollusks) collected from China.
    • Source: Ivanhoe Newswire - May 17, 2007
  • Development of a mild mercaptoethanol extraction method for determination of mercury species in biological samples by HPLC-ICP-MS. This article describes an extraction method for identifying mercury species in biological samples (including fish tissue samples) using 2-mercaptoethanol extractant solution coupled with an incubator shaker. The extracted samples are analyzed using HPLC-ICP-MS. Results indicated that the method was efficient since no pH adjustment was needed prior to injection into the HPLC column. In addition, sample results were comparable to various certified reference materials.
    • Source: Meng, W., Feng, W.Y., Shi J.W., Zhang, F., Wang, B., Zhu, M.T., Li, B., Zhao, Y.L., Chai, Z.F. (2007). Talanta. Volume 71(5): 2034-2039.
  • Trace metals and organochlorines in the bamboo shark Chiloseyllium plagiosum from the southern waters of Hong Kong, China. The authors evaluated metals (Ag, Cd, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Ph and Zn), PCBs, and chlorinated pesticides in bamboo shark tissue samples collected from the southern waters of Hong Kong, China. Results indicated that the observed concentrations were relatively low and therefore the likelihood of health concern is low.
    • Source: Cornish, A.S., Ng, W.C., Ho, V.C.M., Wong, H.L., Lam, J.C.W., Lam, P.K.S., Leung, K.M.Y. (2007). Science of the Total Environment. Volume 376(1-3): 335-345.

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Meetings and Conferences

  • Mercury 2007 Global Problem - Local Solutions. June 21, 2007, Bellvue, WA. For more information, visit Northwest Environmental Business Council http://nebc.org Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA) 2007 Summer Specialty Conference, Emerging Contaminants of Concern in the Environment: Issues, Investigations. June 25-27, 2007, Vail, CO. For more information, visit AWRA http://awra.org/meetings/Vail2007/index.html. Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) 71th Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition. June 25-28, 2007, Atlantic City, NJ. For more information, visit NEHA http://www.neha.org. Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • The 14th Annual Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL) and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Center for Membrane Toxicity Studies Environmental Health Sciences Symposium, Human Health and the Environment: Arsenic and Mercury, a Public Health Crisis? July 18-19, 2007, Salisbury Cove, ME. For more information, visit MDIBL http://www.mdibl.org/courses/tox07.shtml Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • 2007 National Forum on Contaminants in Fish. July 23-26, 2007, Portland, ME. For more information, visit the conference website http://fishforum.rti.org/Default.aspx Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS) 136th Annual Meeting. September 2-6, 2007, San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit AFS http://www.fisheries.org/sf/ Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • 121st AOAC Annual Meeting and Exposition. September 16-20, 2007, Anaheim, CA. For more information, visit AOAC http://www.aoac.org/meetings1/121st_annual_mtg/registration.htm.   Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • Making a Great Lake Superior 2007. October 29-31, 2007, Duluth, MN. For more information, visit Minnesota Sea Grant http://www.seagrant.umn.edu/superior2007/ Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • American Public Health Association (APHA) 135th Annual Meeting and Exposition. November 3-7, 2007, Washington, DC. For more information, visit APHA http://www.apha.org/meetings/ Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) North America 28th Annual Meeting. November 11-15, 2007, Milwaukee, WI. For more information, visit SETAC http://milwaukee.setac.org/home.asp Exit EPA Disclaimer
  • Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) 2007 Annual Meeting. December 9-12, 2007, San Antonio, TX. For more information, visit SRA http://www.sra.org/events_2007_meeting.php Exit EPA Disclaimer

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