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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Pharmaceuticals: A Double-Edged Sword

Since the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899, the Federal government has mitigated the amount of pollutants entering the environment. Despite vast improvements to legislation and technology to prevent contamination, the number of contaminants affecting our environment has increased. Recent studies demonstrate the detrimental affects of pharmaceuticals and personal care products, also known as PPCPs, on the environment (Erikson 2002, Daughton 2003, Jones-Lepp et al. 2004). PPCPs and their by-products move from humans to sewage treatment plants (STPs) daily, and eventually into our waterways, where they remain at low concentrations. Few studies have investigated the effects on humans and aquatic organisms that arise from long-term exposure to low concentrations of PPCPs (Koplin et al. 2002, Britt 2002).

Presenter: Sarah Wasson (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 140 Lennon
Time: 9:40 am (Session I)