Methylmercury risk assessment issues

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This paper reviews the general background of health risks associated with mercury (Hg), primarily methylmercury (MeHg), with a view towards application to advanced technologies that could reduce any contributions from coal combustion. The need for accurate assessment of such risks is discussed, since Hg is now widely dispersed in the environment and cannot easily be eliminated. The primary pathway of MeHg intake is through eating contaminated fish. The issues of concern include identification of critical health outcomes (various neurological indices) and their confounding factors, accurate assessment of MeHg intake rates, and appropriate use of dose-response functions. Ultimately, such information will ... continued below

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Lipfert, F.W. & Saroff, L. July 1, 1996.

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  • Lipfert, F.W. Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)
  • Saroff, L. USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)

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This paper reviews the general background of health risks associated with mercury (Hg), primarily methylmercury (MeHg), with a view towards application to advanced technologies that could reduce any contributions from coal combustion. The need for accurate assessment of such risks is discussed, since Hg is now widely dispersed in the environment and cannot easily be eliminated. The primary pathway of MeHg intake is through eating contaminated fish. The issues of concern include identification of critical health outcomes (various neurological indices) and their confounding factors, accurate assessment of MeHg intake rates, and appropriate use of dose-response functions. Ultimately, such information will be used to evaluate alternative coal combustion systems.

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  • 31. intersociety energy conversion engineering conference, Washington, DC (United States), 9-14 Aug 1996

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  • Other: DE96012507
  • Report No.: BNL--63189
  • Report No.: CONF-960805--4
  • Grant Number: AC02-76CH00016
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 264033
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc664156

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Lipfert, F.W. & Saroff, L. Methylmercury risk assessment issues, article, July 1, 1996; Upton, New York. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc664156/: accessed December 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.