Using Precision Environmental Health Principles in Risk Evaluation and Communication of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Daniel Jackson, Meng Huang, Harshica Fernando, Ghulam Ansari, Marilyn Howarth, Clementina Mesaros, Trevor Penning, Cornelis Elferink

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Abstract

This article provides a description of the rationale and processes adopted by the Gulf Coast Health Alliance: Health Risks related to the Macondo Spill consortium to evaluate and communicate the risk of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in seafood over several years following the Deepwater Horizon disaster and subsequent oil spill. We examined gaps in knowledge associated with PAH toxicity following exposure to petrogenic (oil-derived) PAHs by studying the metabolic fate of PAHs and their potential toxicity using sophisticated analytical methods. Using the data generated, we developed a risk communication strategy designed to meet the needs of the stakeholder communities including a consumption guideline calculator, a web-based tool to reconcile seafood consumption with risk of adverse health effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)599-616
Number of pages18
JournalNew Solutions
Volume28
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2019

Keywords

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • risk communication
  • seafood safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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