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Title:Weight-of-evidence prioritization of organic contaminants detected in the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (Milwaukee, WI)
Author(s):Maloney, Erin
Subject(s):emerging contaminants
Abstract:Presented by: Erin Maloney – Postdoctoral Associate at University of Minnesota Duluth / US EPA, Co-authors: Ankley, G.T., Vitense, K., Blackwell, B.R., Cavallin, J.E., Feifarek, D.J., Jensen, K.M., Kahl, M.D., Poole, S.T., Randolph, E.C., and Villeneuve, D.L. Abstract: Anthropogenic activities including industrialization, urbanization, and agriculture have resulted in frequent detection of contaminants/mixtures across Great Lakes tributaries. Thus, there is a need to identify CECs of high and low ecotoxicological concern to help focus risk assessment and regulatory efforts. Here we present a weight-of-evidence framework developed to prioritize organic contaminants detected within the Milwaukee Estuary Area of Concern (AOC) (Milwaukee, WI). Chemical prioritization was carried out using experimental data (in vivo, in vitro, and analytical data) generated from 2017-2018 caged-fish studies, and chemical-specific data collated from USEPA databases (CompTox Chemicals Dashboard, ECOTOXicology Knowledgebase, ToxCast database) or estimated using quantitative structure-activity relationships. Overall prioritization was based on multiple lines of evidence: detection characteristics (spatial frequency, temporal frequency, environmental distribution), environmental fate (persistence, bioaccumulation, biomagnification), ecotoxicological potential (water quality, in vivo, and in vitro toxicity benchmarks), and effect covariance (covariance with effects in caged fish studies). Results indicated within the Milwaukee AOC, 19/83 detected CECs were high priority, 13/83 were low priority, and 19/83 were data limited, requiring further investigation for prioritization efforts. Overall, this study presents an effects-based weight-of-evidence strategy that can be employed for CEC prioritization, and highlights several chemicals of ecotoxicological interest within the Milwaukee Estuary AOC. Biography: Erin is currently a post-doctoral associate working with the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the US EPA (Duluth MN) on xenobiotics and their mixtures in the Great Lakes. She completed her BSc in Biomedical Toxicology at the University of Guelph and her PhD in Toxicology at the University of Saskatchewan. To date, her research has been of broad and varied focus, including mixture toxicology, invertebrate neurobiology, chemical persistence, whole effluent toxicity testing, environmental modeling, oil spill response, and big data analysis.
Issue Date:2021-04-27
Series/Report:2021 Emerging Contaminants in the Environment Conference (ECEC21)
Genre:Presentation / Lecture / Speech
Conference Paper / Presentation
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-23

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