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This scientific paper is published in Environmental Science and Technology. The paper, an accompanying USGS data report, and related information are available online at toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/PMFs.html. Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities can be a significant source of pharmaceuticals to surface waters, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted in cooperation with the State […]

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Uptake of pharmaceuticals and personal care products by soybean plants from soils applied with biosolids and irrigated with contaminated water Wu, C, AL Sponberg, JD Witter, M Fang and KP Czajkowski. Synopsis by Heather Stapleton and Wendy Hessler. Environmental Science and Technology, Aug 30, 2010 New research shows that the drugs and contaminants that often contaminant […]

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Christina Jewett, California Watch July, 2010 The federal government has a patchwork of laws attempting to deal with the problem of pharmaceutical drugs showing up in city tap water across the nation. Senator Herb Kohl, D-Wis., highlighted the issue during a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. “We need to provide Americans with better information about […]

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California Watch—7/1/10 By Christina Jewett The federal government has a patchwork of laws attempting to deal with the problem of pharmaceutical drugs showing up in city tap water across the nation. Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., highlighted the issue during a congressional hearing in Washington, D.C., yesterday. “We need to provide Americans with better information about […]

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ScienceDaily (July 20, 2010) — Cancer researchers have discovered a previously unknown type of gene regulation and DNA behavior in breast cancer cells that may lead to better insight about environmental exposure to estrogen-like compounds. A new study, published in the journal Genome Research by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. […]

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To All, Here is important information for protecting our water sources into the future. –Larry Tips for protecting our drinking water Sacramento Bee-3/22/10 By Andy Mead Whether your drinking water comes from a spring, a well, a river or a lake, protecting ground water is essential to protecting all water resources. Wells draw upon water […]

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Clean Water Friends: This is a wonderful first step and one that has been requested for at least 15 years now.  Unfortunately, they don’t include study of estrogens and other hormones, which may be the most critically important substances to study.  That will happen down the road, but at least we are now on the […]

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To All, The problem of “waste” in the U.S. is both a local and a federal issue, with the Environmental Protection Agency providing the scientific veneer, among others, for the nation’s profit-at-any-cost, multibillion dollar sewage sludge, garbage, and chemical fertilizer industries. Several decades ago, after public pressure forced corporations and municipalities to stop dumping toxic […]

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To All, More information coming out about pharmaceuticals… In recent weeks, federal regulators have changed course on regulating pharmaceuticals in public water supplies, taking a critical first step toward acknowledging that they may pose threats to human health.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering pharmaceuticals as candidates for regulation in drinking water and examining […]

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There are more than 80,000 man-made chemicals in use in the U.S. BUT only about 200 have been required to be tested for safety. Every American alive today, including newborn babies, has hundreds of chemicals flowing through our blood. Some of these substances may cause prostate and breast cancers, diabetes, heart disease, lowered sperm counts, […]

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Emily Sohn, Discovery News, September 15, 2009 Male fish with female body parts have been showing up in our nation’s rivers for a while now, but a new study found a surprising number of mixed-up fish. From the Mississippi to the Rio Grande, from the Appalachia to the Colorado, researchers found large numbers of river […]

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Rowan Hooper, New Scientist – 1/12/09 A comprehensive survey of the drinking water for more than 28 million Americans has detected the widespread but low-level presence of pharmaceuticals and hormonally active chemicals. Little was known about people’s exposure to such compounds from drinking water, so Shane Snyder and colleagues at the Southern Nevada Water Authority […]

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June 28, 2009 By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Some of the first eerie signs of a potential health catastrophe came as bizarre deformities in water animals, often in their sexual organs. Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians began to sprout extra legs. In heavily polluted Lake Apopka, one of the largest lakes in Florida, male alligators developed […]

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Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 114, Supplement 1, April 2006 Tyrone B. Hayes, Paola Case, Sarah Chui, Duc Chung, Cathryn Haeffele, Kelly Haston, Melissa Lee, Vien Phoung Mai, Youssra Marjuoa, John Parker, and Mable Tsui Laboratory for Integrative Studies in Amphibian Biology, Department of Integrative Biology, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, Group in Endocrinology, and Energy and […]

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Jeff Donn, San Francisco Chronicle June, 2009 Pollution experts on Tuesday pressed a congressional panel for stronger action to keep pharmaceuticals and other contaminants out of the water, saying they are hurting fish and may threaten human health. Thomas P. Fote, a New Jersey conservationist who sits on the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, said […]

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USGS, Fish & Shellfish Immunology, 6/3/2009 Estrogen Linked to Lowered Immunity in Fish Exposure to estrogen reduces production of immune-related proteins in fish. This suggests that certain compounds, known as endocrine disruptors, may make fish more susceptible to disease. The research may provide new clues for why intersex fish, fish kills and fish lesions often […]

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