Under the new CLEA (Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment) framework approach for assessing the possible risks to human health from chemical contaminants in soil, the Environment Agency has published updated toxicology (TOX) and Soil Guideline Value (SGV) reports for cadmium and phenol. The toxicology reports for cadmium (SC050021/TOX3) and phenol (SC050021/TOX9), which are co-authored by our colleague James Hopkins, review the relevant scientific literature and opinions of national, European, and international experts. Health Criteria Values are recommended, together with estimated mean daily intakes for the chemicals in the UK. Much briefer, the SGV reports form a series of technical notes that describe SGVs for specified chemicals, values that are intended for use in the preliminary evaluation of the risk to human health from long-term exposure to the chemical in the soil.

[UK Environment Agency. Contaminants in soil: updated collation of toxicological data and intake values for humans, July 2009. The cadmium and phenol TOX reports can be accessed via (the SGV reports and supplementary information for the derivation of SGVs are available via http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/research/planning/64015.aspx).] {182691-2}

The above item was taken from the September 2009 issue of Toxicology and Regulatory News which is sent automatically to members of bibra (click here for more details).

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