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436FW: Public Health Advisory: Fish Consumption Mystic River

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  • EPD Marine
    Jan 15, 2008

      Officer Patrick Johnston
      Everett Police-Marine Unit

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Kimberly Provo [mailto:kim@...]
      Sent: Friday, January 11, 2008 1:05 PM
      To: mystic-river@...
      Subject: Public Health Advisory: Fish Consumption Mystic River

      Public Health Advisory: Fish Consumption Mystic River


      This advisory applies to Mystic River between the outlet of Lower Mystic Lake (in Arlington/Medford) and the Amelia Earhart Dam (in Somerville/Everett).


      The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) has reviewed fish toxics data generated by the Department of Environmental Protection for the Mystic River . PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), the pesticide chlordane, and the pesticide DDT and its derivatives have been detected in fish caught from the Mystic River . The concentrations of these contaminants were above levels that MDPH considers safe for consumption.

      PCBs, chlordane, and DDT may accumulate in individuals who frequently eat fish contaminated with them, thus leading to an increased risk of negative health effects. Fetuses and nursing infants are particularly sensitive to the development and health problems associated with PCB, chlordane, and DDT exposure.

      Because of health concerns associated with exposure to these contaminants,

      MDPH offers the following recommendation:




      No one should consume any fish from the MysticRiver .


      For more information contact:


                  Massachusetts Department of Public Health

                  Bureau of Environmental Health (617) 624-5757



      The Arlington Board of Health (781) 316-3170


      To check fish toxics data at other fresh water bodies in Massachusetts please view the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Fresh Water Fish Advisory List at:





      Kimberly Provo

      Office Manager

      Mystic River Watershed Association

      20 Academy Street

      Arlington, MA   02476








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