Annapolis, MD (WNAV)– The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Water and Science Administration is issuing a Fish
Consumption Advisory for the Piscataway Creek (tidal and non-tidal waters), a tributary of the Potomac River in Prince Georges County, for elevated levels of Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS). The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that exposure to PFOS over certain levels may increase the risk of developmental health effects during pregnancy or to breastfed infants, as well as the risk of
cancer, immune system damage, damage to the liver, thyroid, or other organ systems. The state started testing fish tissue samples for PFOS and PFAS last year.
The recommended monthly limits are for redbreast sunfish and yellow bullhead catfish in the non-tidal portion of Piscataway Creek and largemouth bass in the tidal headwaters of Piscataway Creek.