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Kepone in James River fish: 1976-2002.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16256173     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In late 1975, it was discovered that a manufacturing facility had not only exposed workers to the chlorinated pesticide, Kepone, but had also severely contaminated the James River estuary. To assess the potential for the public to be exposed to Kepone through the consumption of contaminated seafood, the Commonwealth of Virginia initiated a finfish-monitoring program in late 1975. Over 13,000 samples have been collected and analyzed as part of this effort. Kepone levels in most species began falling when the production of Kepone ended, but the average concentrations remained over the action limit of 0.3 microg g(-1) wet weight until the early 1980s. By 1988 few fish contained Kepone concentrations greater than the action limit. Kepone is still detected in the majority of white perch and striped bass samples taken from the James River and a fish consumption advisory is still in effect thirty years after the source of contamination was removed.
Drew R Luellen; George G Vadas; Michael A Unger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2005-10-26
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Science of the total environment     Volume:  358     ISSN:  0048-9697     ISO Abbreviation:  Sci. Total Environ.     Publication Date:  2006 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-14     Completed Date:  2006-05-09     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0330500     Medline TA:  Sci Total Environ     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  286-97     Citation Subset:  IM    
Virginia Institute of Marine Science, PO Box 1346 Gloucester Point, VA 23062, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chlordecone / analysis,  history,  pharmacokinetics*
Environmental Monitoring
Food Contamination*
History, 20th Century
Insecticides / analysis,  history,  pharmacokinetics*
Public Health
Risk Assessment
Tissue Distribution
Water Pollutants, Chemical / analysis,  history,  pharmacokinetics*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Insecticides; 0/Water Pollutants, Chemical; 143-50-0/Chlordecone

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