|Based on the review of
information cited in this report and the conclusions, WVDHHR recommends the
|Even with this limited data,
WVDEP should continue to reduce mercury emissions, due to potential adverse
health effects from mercury exposure.
|WVDEP Ė Water and Waste
Management should re-sample fish tissue for mercury residues, as planned, in
watersheds where the most restrictive fish advisories occur.
|WVDNR and/or WVDEP should
collect additional data about West Virginianís fish consumption habits.
|WVDHHR should increase the
publicís awareness of fish advisories.
|WVDHHR encourages the
removal and proper disposal of mercury-containing materials from homes,
schools, and workplaces.
|West Virginianís 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 womanís childbearing years and when infants and
young children are in the household.
particularly children, should be educated to avoid handling elemental mercury
and what should be done should a spill occur.
|People 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.