The Colorado River is contaminated with low levels of perchlorate. Perchlorate has the potential to disrupt thyroid function by inhibiting the uptake of iodide. Brassica are rich sources of thiocyanate and nitrate, also inhibitors of iodide uptake. This study was conducted to estimate potential human exposure to perchlorate, thiocyanate, and nitrate from Brassica sp. irrigated with Colorado River water. Results indicate that Brassica sp. irrigated with Colorado River water do accumulate trace levels of perchlorate. However, the levels of perchlorate observed are low relative to the nitrate and thiocyanate naturally present in these species and low relative to the reference dose recommended by the NAS and the USEPA.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology|
|State||Published - Dec 1 2007|
- Perchlorate exposure
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis