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Human Health Risk Assessment for Precautionary Fish Consumption Advisory

Since the 16Tan pipeline incident, a precautionary fish consumption advisory has been in place to protect human health. SLC Consulting (Canada) Ltd. performed human health risk assessment calculations to determine if consuming fish downstream from the spill site are deemed acceptable. According to Health Canada (2012), acceptable risk refers to an insignificant impact on human health over a lifetime of daily exposure. The human health risk assessment involved an exposure assessment and a toxicity assessment. Carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic risks were found to be acceptable for the consumption of fish from areas downstream of the spill site on the North Saskatchewan River. This information helps inform the Government of Saskatchewan on their decision of if and when to lift the precautionary fish consumption advisory.

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