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NH Biomonitoring Council

Organization(s) New Hampshire Dept. of Environmental Services
Project Description In the spring of 2003, the N.H. Division of Health and Human Services, Public Health Laboratory received a grant from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to establish a statewide workgroup and biomonitoring plan for NH. This one-year grant may result in a future CDC grant to implement the plan. The Biomonitoring Council workgroup is comprised of members from other state agencies, city health departments, universities, state representatives, and public environmental advocacy groups. This workgroup met regularly to review the current capabilities for human biomonitoring in New Hampshire, review the criteria for prioritizing chemicals and priority rank these chemicals using the criteria developed by the workgroup. Compounds were evaluated and ranked based upon a number of criteria, including: the magnitude of population exposed, severity of health effect, toxicity, exposure data in NH, and the invasiveness and validity of the laboratory test. Recommended compounds for further study include: arsenic, mercury, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (brominated flame retardants), and phthalates. CDC biomonitoring grants are expected to be awarded by September 2003.

Project Contact
Name Colleen Schwalbe
Phone 603-271-0878
Project Keywords
Activity Keywords Research and development
Newsletter Northeast States Pollution Prevention News - Vol. 13 No. 1, Spring 2003 [PDF]


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