A new paper about the development of a bioaccumulation model and an environmental guideline for polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) to protect resident killer whales in British Columbia (Canada) and surrounding areas has been accepted in Environmental Science & Technology.
Title: Habitat-Based PCB Environmental Quality Criteria for the Protection of Endangered Killer Whales (Orcinus orca).
Authors: Juan José Alava, Peter S. Ross, Cara Lachmuth, John K. B. Ford, Brendan E. Hickie, and Frank A. P. C. Gobas.
Dr. Peter Ross formerly of Canada's DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans), co-author on this paper, has recently been fired by the Canadian Government, who wiped out the entire research department. Peter has done ground-breaking research on contaminants in marine mammals for years. However, the Canadian Government decided that was not where their priorities lie.
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Follow the link to read the abstract and access the paper: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/es303062q