Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

FISH

Announcement of Final Report
Development of Fish Contaminant Goals and Advisory Tissue Levels for Common Contaminants in California Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium and Toxaphene
[06/27/08]

(Formerly: Development of Guidance Tissue Levels and Screening Values for Common Contaminants in California Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium and Toxaphene)

The California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) previously made available a draft report entitled, “Development of Guidance Tissue Levels and Screening Values for Common Contaminants in California Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium, and Toxaphene.” OEHHA has revised the report in response to comments from the public and additional review of scientific knowledge in the subject area. As such, the report has been re-titled, “Development of Fish Contaminant Goals and Advisory Tissue Levels for Common Contaminants in Sport Fish: Chlordane, DDTs, Dieldrin, Methylmercury, PCBs, Selenium, and Toxaphene.” For each chemical, the toxicological literature was reviewed to establish acceptable toxicity values for cancer and non-cancer endpoints. Fish contaminant goals were then developed that can provide a starting point for OEHHA to assist other agencies in their efforts to develop fish tissue-based criteria with a goal toward pollution mitigation or elimination. The scientific literature on the benefits of fish and fish oil consumption was also reviewed. Finally, OEHHA developed advisory tissue levels, which balance risks and benefits and are one component of the complex process of data evaluation and interpretation used by OEHHA in the assessment and communication of fish consumption risks and development of advisories and safe eating guidelines.

OEHHA is making the final document available at the OEHHA Web site here. A copy of the report is also available by calling (916) 327-7319.

If you would like to receive further information on this announcement, or have questions, please contact Dr. Susan A. Klasing using the information provided below.

Dr. Susan A. Klasing
California Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch, P.O. Box 4010
Sacramento, California 95812-4010
Phone: (916) 323-9667
Fax: (916) 327-7320

e-mail: sklasing@oehha.ca.gov

 
 
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