Emerging opportunities in management of selenium contamination

Environmental Science & Technology
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The metalloid selenium (Se) has the diverse reactivity characteristic of the chalcogens in addition to organometallic behavior. Laboratory measurements indicate that Se is an acute reproductive toxicant, which makes it a concern for the environment. Yet to date, a lack of understanding on how Se species distribute through food webs—bioaccumulation not seeming to conform to dissolved concentrations—has made for very heterogeneous regulation across jurisdictions. In this Feature, Luoma and Presser review Se’s idiosyncrasies to provide an outlook for more realistic ecotoxicologically based regulation.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Emerging opportunities in management of selenium contamination
Series title Environmental Science & Technology
DOI 10.1021/es900828h
Volume 43
Issue 22
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher ACS
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 5 p.
First page 8483
Last page 8487
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