Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program

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Barry L. Johnson
DIANE Publishing, 1995 - 60 pages
In 1990, Congress amended the Great Lakes (GL) Critical Programs Act, also known as the Fed. Water Pollution Control Act, mandating that the EPA and the ATSDR and the GL states submit a research report assessing the harmful human health effects of water pollutants in the GL basin. ATSDR developed the GL Health Effects Research Strategy to identify human populations residing in the GL basin that may be at greater risk of exposure to chemical contaminants, and to help prevent any adverse health effects. This report provides insight into ATSDR efforts to assess the adverse effects of water pollutants in the GL system on the health of people in the GL states.
 

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Page x - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. The
Page iv - Public Health Service (PHS) research programs and activities, including those of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (Nffl), and the
Page 16 - agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the
Page 31 - short- and long-term health impacts using the New York State Angler Cohort established by the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Buffalo.
Page 6 - The Environmental Protection Agency, in consultation with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Great Lakes States, shall submit to the Congress a report assessing the adverse effects of water pollutants in the Great Lakes system on the health of persons in
Page 2 - human exposure to chlorinated organic compounds (80-90%) comes from the food pathway, a lesser amount (5-10%) from air, and minute amounts (less than 1%) from water (Birmingham et al. 1989; Newhook 1988). Most of the data available on human exposure to toxic
Page 21 - the ATSDR Great Lakes Human Health Effects Research Program is designed to investigate and characterize the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects. The
Page iii - The ATSDR research program is designed to investigate and characterize the association between the consumption of contaminated Great Lakes fish and short- and long-term harmful health effects. The
Page iii - ATSDR's mission is to prevent exposure and adverse human health effects and diminished quality of life associated with exposure to hazardous substances from waste sites, unplanned releases, and other sources of pollution present in the environment. The activities described in this report support this mission and are consistent with achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of Healthy People 2000, a national strategy put forth by the US Department of Health and
Page 3 - and to a lesser extent, ingestion of drinking water (National Health and Welfare Canada 1991). Also, several investigators have shown that exposure from fish far outweighs atmospheric, terrestrial, or water column sources (Swain 1983; Humphrey 1983b). These patterns may vary for populations living in the vicinity of

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