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  Proceedings and Summary Report, Workshop on the Fate, Transport, and Transformation of Mercury in Aquatic and Terrestrial Environments (180 pp, 2.06 MB) (EPA/625/R-02/005) June 2002

Everglades cover photo courtesy of C. Gilmour, The Academy of Natural Sciences Estuarine Research Center.
This document contains a description of the goals, technical sessions, and conclusions from a workshop that was held May 8–10, 2001, in West Palm Beach, Florida. The workshop was conducted by EPA’s Office of Research and Development and was cosponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Toxics Program, EPA’s Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program, the South Florida Mercury Science Program, and the EPA/USGS Mercury Roundtable. Representatives from industry, academia, environmental organizations, consulting firms, and government attended.

The purpose of the workshop was to bring researchers, decision makers, government representatives, and others together to discuss the state of the science regarding the fate and transport of mercury in aquatic and terrestrial systems, mercury transformation processes (biotic and abiotic), and methods for managing ecological and human exposures to methyl mercury.

Five technical sessions were presented:

  • Mercury and Methyl Mercury Transport in the Environment
  • Methyl Mercury Production in the Environment
  • EPA STAR Mercury Research Program Review
  • Bioaccumulation of Mercury in Food Webs
  • Managing Mercury Contamination in Terrestrial and Aquatic Systems

Two poster sessions were also conducted, covering topics that could not be included in the workshop due to time constraints. These sessions expanded the scope of the workshop and were a key element of the workshop.


Scott Minamyer

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