When do we acknowledge and fully disclose and make transparent that even our most sophisticated

…When do we acknowledge and fully disclose and make transparent that even our most sophisticated wastewater treatment facilities cannot remove and made SAFE pharmaceuticals and many personal care residuals commonly found in wastewater…

Scientists Look for Impact of Pollution from Pills in Wastewater

Difficult to filter, chemicals from drugs and personal-care products are of ’emerging concern’ in waterways like the Santa Cruz River.

The pipeline leak that spilled sewage into the Santa Cruz River is sealed, but another pollution problem persists, one many other American waterways share.

Contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are chemicals from drugs and personal-care products that most wastewater treatment plants don’t filter out.

“‘Emerging concern’ is kind of a relative perspective. It usually means that they’re not regulated, but that there’s things that either might scare people or have preliminary toxicological impacts,” said Paul Westerhoff, vice dean for research at Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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