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Predicting national exposure to a point source chemical: Japan and endocrine disruption as an example

Johnson, Andrew C.; Yoshitani, Junichi; Tanaka, Hiroaki; Suzuki, Yutaka. 2011 Predicting national exposure to a point source chemical: Japan and endocrine disruption as an example. Environmental Science & Technology, 45 (3). 1028-1033. 10.1021/es103358t

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Abstract/Summary

The predicted aquatic estrogen concentrations for the whole of England and Japan were determined and compared using population and flow data. The overall value for English surface waters was 0.9 ng/L estradiol equivalents (EEQ) compared to 0.1 ng/L overall for Japan. Available dilution of sewage effluent was considered to be more important than contraceptive pill usage in this relative risk. A national survey of Japanese rivers using the yeast estrogen assay (YES) gave a median value of 0.27 ng/L EEQ which, whilst higher than that predicted, confirmed an overall low endocrine disruption risk. Using local population and flow data for 27 separate catchments the predicted EEQ and measured EEQ (YES) values compared well, confirming the national picture that endocrine disruption would not be a widespread phenomena in Japan. Simple predictions based on population and flow can give an appropriate ‘ball park’ value for catchments and even nations for concentrations of polar organic contaminants which have a majority human origin.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1021/es103358t
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Water > WA Topic 2 - Ecohydrological Processes
CEH Sections: Acreman
ISSN: 0013-936X
Additional Keywords: endocrine disruption
NORA Subject Terms: Hydrology
Chemistry
Date made live: 15 Mar 2011 14:18
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/13269

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