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PCBs and fish
- Subject: PCBs and fish
- From: Michigan Environmental Council <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 13 Oct 1996 10:44:38 -0700 (PDT)
HEALTH, ENVIRONMENT OFFICIALS URGE MICHIGAN TO REINSTATE CAUTION WARNINGS ON
GREAT LAKES SALMON
Representatives of the U.S. EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry have urged Governor Engler to reinstate public health
advisories on Great Lakes salmon in light of recently reported
scientific research suggesting a link between PCB exposure and
long-lasting deficits in a child's intellectual development.
Michigan unilaterally relaxed its warnings on eating large salmon this
fishing season while several other states went in the other direction,
recognizing the PCB issue.
"We are especially concerned that pregnant women, women of
child-bearing age, and children under 15 years of age will be subjected
to unnecessary risks to their health unless we honor their
right-to-know about the risks of fish consumption in the Great
Lakes...In sum, the epidemiological data support earlier findings that
exposure before birth to extremely low levels of PCBs can result in
long-lasting if not permanent deficits in a child's intellectual
development. In addition, PCBs are associated with risks of cancer and
endocrine and immune systems toxicity," the officials wrote.
"We understand that the Great Lakes offer some of the best sport
fishing in the country. However, the protection of public health must
be a priority. Although PCB levels have declined significantly over
the past few decades, the concentrations of PCBs in certain Great Lakes
fish still present an unacceptable risk to human health and require
limits on consumption."
The feds have asked to meet with Michigan environmental officials to
discuss the issue in the near future.