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Five U.S. Rivers Tainted with Pharmaceutical and Chemical Residues

April 5, 2009
Natural News
4/5/2009

Fish from 5 effluent-heavy rivers in various parts of the U.S. have been found to be tainted with residues from human medications and common chemicals, according to the results of a study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Baylor University. The study’s findings were presented on March 25 at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City, and are part of a federal strategy to address the effects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) on the environment and wildlife.

“While this study found the residue of several pharmaceuticals and personal care products in fish tissue, it also demonstrated for the first time that fish from several different locations across the country are exposed to multiple PPCPs in effluent-dominated waterways,” said Dr. Bryan Brooks, associate professor of environmental sciences at Baylor, one of the lead investigators on the study.

The fish collected for the study were retrieved from discharge areas of wastewater treatment plants in Chicago, Dallas, Orlando, Fla., Phoenix, and West Chester, near Philadelphia. The Gila River Wilderness Area in New Mexico was used as a reference site for the study because it is does not contain pollution from human sources.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. C A Heisterkamp permalink
    April 5, 2009 11:47 am

    This is true, and advanced studies in Europe has found the same. For example, many using birth control… go the bathroom… the waste stream, while cleaned up does not take out these residual chemicals and birth control ends up in the rivers to be injested by… the farm animals down river.

    Anti-cholesterol drugs, many of the daily therapeutic products… aspirin… you name it.

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