Under the new CLEA (Contaminated Land Exposure Assessment) framework approach for assessing the possible risks to human health from chemical contaminants in the soil (see Toxicology and Regulatory News 2008, 47(10), 172), the Environment Agency has recently published updated reports for several common chemicals. These excellent reports (co-authored by our esteemed bibra colleagues, James Hopkins and Peter Watts) cover arsenic, nickel, mercury, selenium, benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes. The reports present findings from recent scientific literature searches that are used, together with evaluations made by national, European and international expert groups, to recommend Health Criteria Values and estimate mean daily intakes for these chemicals in the UK.

[UK Environment Agency. Contaminants in soil: updated collation of toxicological data and intake values for humans. Individual reports dated March or May 2009 are available via the internet.] {181890‑7}

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