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Growing Health And Environmental Concerns For Selenium Exposures From Industrial Processes


New Internet site provides overview of issue

MANASSAS, VA, May 17, 2005 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- The Environmental Health Research Foundation (EHRF) today announced the formal launch of, a Web site providing comprehensive information about selenium, an essential element in human nutrition that can be acutely toxic to humans and wildlife in higher concentrations resulting from its use in industrial processes such as mining, electronics, copper, aluminum, steel and other metals, coal-burning power plants and metal recycling.

In addition to possible human health effects, selenium from industrial processes has been reported to impact domestic animals and wildlife. SeleniumWatch will be a clearing house for the latest research on the occurrence, health and environmental effects of excessive selenium and provides links to useful Web sites for further information on these topics.

SeleniumWatch also reports recent legislative concern on selenium and provides a compilation of the existing global regulations on selenium. The website also reports on the growing concern over selenium from electronic wastes (E-wastes).

SeleniumWatch was created by Selenium Information and Research, an informal consortium of scientists, researchers and engineers concerned with the growing evidence of adverse health and environmental effects from increased use by industry of products containing selenium. The website is sponsored by a grant from the Environmental Health Research Foundation (

“This Web site fills the need for a source of up-to-date, authoritative information regarding health and environmental concerns from the increasing exposures to selenium from industrial processes,” says EHRF executive director Dr. John Heinze.

For further information, visit or call EHRF at 703-331-5500.


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