Tachovsky JA, Urban JD, Wikoff DS, Haws LC, Harris MA. 2010. Reduction of a large fish tissue analyte database: identifying and assessing data specific to a remediation site for risk assessment application. Chemosphere 80(5):481-488.
The Lower Passaic River (LPR) is one of the most heavily industrialized waterways in the US with both historical and continuing discharges of chemicals from point and non-point sources. Significant efforts have been initiated on behalf of public, private, and regulatory entities to restore this degraded urban river. Considerable attention has been devoted to characterizing environmental media with respect to human and ecological risk. As part of these efforts, a wealth of environmental data have been collected and analyzed for a variety of metals, pesticides, organic compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polychlorinated dibenzodioxins/furans (PCDD/Fs), and dioxin-like compounds. The objectives of the study described in this paper were two-fold: (1) to generate LPR-specific data for use in human health risk assessment by characterizing concentrations of contaminants in LPR fish tissue samples based on publicly available data using a methodical and transparent approach, and (2) using the resulting data, to calculate the contaminant concentrations in a “Representative Fish,” which is a representation of proportional fish tissue concentrations calculated based upon consumption patterns of LPR anglers. The data reduction, processing, and analyses described provide a representative dataset for the conduct of a human health assessment associated with fish consumption from the LPR.