Category Archives: Environmental toxicology

Subjects of interest to Investigative Chemistry or Inorganics.
Includes any environmental context (except AIR, see AIR POLLUTION AND ANALYSIS) example: soil, water, clinical matrices, heavy metals, mining wastes, oil spills, contamination, pesticides.

Queensland oil spill: Turtles, seabirds found slicked near Townsville

Brisbane Times Tony Moore July 30, 2015

Two turtles and two seabirds have been found covered in oil in the wake of a spill near Townsville, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed.
GBRMPA general manger operations Mark Read told reporters in Townsville that a large dead flatback turtle and a juvenile flatback turtle, plus two boobies, had been found covered in oil.
However Mr Read said tests by veterinarian experts at James Cook University suggested the adult turtle may have died before the oil spill.

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Government inquiry push in WA chemical poisoning case

ABC News Briana Shepherd, Claire Moodie 25 July 2015

A former West Australian government minister wants a long-running case of chemical poisoning from a weed-spraying program in the Kimberley to be reopened.

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Asbestos-tainted toys to trigger crackdown on importers

The Australian Elizabeth Colman 21 July 2015 p. 7

The Australian Border Force is bolstering its efforts to seize products containing asbestos which are entering Australia “under the radar” through online sales.  Asbestos is being found in toys, including a CSI-style science kit with “forensic” dusting powder that contained asbestos,  a necklace made from cancer-causing chrysotile asbestos, childrens’ crayons containing asbestos fibres.

Commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg said the challenge posed by online commerce was “huge”.

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Concerted clean up of lead contamination at Broken Hill and Esperance contrast with other regional towns

ABC News | ABC Rural  Sarina Locke 20 July 2015

Lead contamination remains a big issue for many regional towns, but there is no nationally consistent approach on how to deal with it.

New stricter national health guidelines mean that even in towns where there have been successful campaigns to reduce residents’ exposure to lead, very young children still have worrying lead levels in their blood.

Clean-up efforts are sporadic and often the lead dust issue is swept under the carpet.

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Australian War Memorial to revise official record of impacts of Agent Orange use in Vietnam War

ABC News 14 July 2015

After a drawn-out campaign longer than the war in which they served, Australia’s Vietnam veterans have finally won an important battle in their fight for proper recognition of their service and sacrifice.

The Australian War Memorial (AWM) has decided the official history of the conflict should be rewritten to provide a more accurate account of the use of Agent Orange, the chemical herbicide blamed for a range of cancers and other health problems.

SciFinder Access at FSS

Staff at FSS now have unlimited access to SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts Service) on the web.  This means we can perform an unlimited number of searches as well as concurrent searches (ie more than one person can be logged on at any one time).  Individual logins are still required however.

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