on the review of information cited in this report and the conclusions, WVDHHR recommends the following:
with this limited data, WVDEP should continue to reduce mercury emissions, due
to potential adverse health effects from
– Water and Waste Management should re-sample fish tissue for mercury
residues, as planned, in watersheds where
the most restrictive fish advisories occur.
and/or WVDEP should collect additional data about West Virginian’s fish
should increase the public’s awareness of fish advisories.
encourages the removal and proper disposal of mercury-containing materials
from homes, schools, and workplaces.
Virginian’s should eat fish as part of a well-balanced diet while following
fish advisories to avoid harmful amounts of
chemicals. People should be especially careful to follow fish advisories during a woman’s childbearing years and when
infants and young children are in the
Virginian’s, particularly children, should be educated to avoid handling
elemental mercury and what should be done
should a spill occur.
who eat a substantial amount of fish or work with mercury should mention this
to their dentist or other health care
provider when mercury-containing dental amalgams are recommended. This is especially recommended for children
6-years-old or younger and women who are
pregnant or nursing. In all cases, the choice not to use mercury amalgam should be made in consultation with a qualified dentist
(and/or physician) and weighed against the
risk of alternative practices or materials.