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SCIENTIFIC AND REGULATORY PERSPECTIVES ON THE EMERGING ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS ISSUE

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Abstract:

Emerging environmental contaminants include a wide variety of chemicals that have been largely outside of the scope of environmental regulation. Also referred to as PPCPs (pharmaceuticals and personal care products), these contaminants are derived from any product consumed by humans or animals for health or cosmetic reasons, and thus include prescription and non-prescription human drugs, veterinary medicines, and a wide variety of chemicals found in everyday products such as shampoo, soap and sunscreen. Emerging environmental contaminants (EECs) have stimulated a great deal of interest because their inputs to the environment are continuous and their effects are largely unknown. The purpose of this paper is to present an overview of the potential impacts of this issue to wastewater providers. The discussion will include the various types and occurrence of EECs and the relationship to endocrine disrupting effects, other possible environmental and human effects, potential treatment technologies and removal success, and current regulation and policy.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2175/193864703784641964

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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