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Prioritizing Risks from Oil Spills: Supporting Decisions with Read-Across Using 21st Century Exposure and Toxicological Sciences

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Texas A&M University


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Grants


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Oil System Safety Research

Targeted Resources

Community and Human Health

Project Description

Current evaluations of public health impacts of oil spills are largely based on only what is known about a few specific chemicals in oil. However, an oil spill can involve a complex mix of interacting substances and environmental factors and this produces many unknowns that are either difficult or not currently possible to account for. Alternative approaches are needed to address existing limitations and improve assessment and decision-making processes relating to public health risks resulting from oil spills. This project, which includes interactions with a diverse range of practitioners, aims to address this need using new approaches and technologies in exposure science and toxicology that try to predict the toxicity of substances for which there is limited information using information from analogous or similar substances.


Weihsueh Chiu
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