The Department of Environment and Conservation has announced several additions to Tennessee's list of precautionary fish consumption advisories as a result of the trigger point for issuing a mercury advisory being lowered to 0.3 parts per million (ppm).
Recent studies indicate that mercury has potential neurological effects on children at lower levels than previously thought, said Paul Davis, director of the Division of Water Pollution Control. Because of this new research and based on EPA?s new water quality criterion, the mercury advisory trigger point is being lowered to a more conservative level.
State law requires the department to inform the public and post warnings where contaminants in fish pose a possible threat to people who might catch and eat them.
Eating fish with elevated levels of mercury is a risk Tennesseans can avoid, said Deputy Commissioner for Environment Paul Sloan. Fishing advisories give fishermen and their families the information they need to make informed decisions about limiting their intake or avoiding fish from specific stream segments or bodies of water.... read the rest of the story by Subscribing now.