Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Recycled water analysis, contamination by non-biological agents (eg, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, disinfection by-products, endocrine disrupters, environmental nutrients.
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Water Science & Technology – Contents Pages

Table of Contents  |  Volume 72 Number 1 2015

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SciFinder Access at FSS

Staff at FSS now have unlimited access to SciFinder (Chemical Abstracts Service) on the web.  This means we can perform an unlimited number of searches as well as concurrent searches (ie more than one person can be logged on at any one time).  Individual logins are still required however.

SciFinder is a research discovery application that provides unlimited access to the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative source of references, substances and reactions in chemistry and related sciences.

It includes a broad spectrum of technical and scientific information based on the CAplus, CASREACT, and Registry databases from the Chemical Abstracts Service. It indexes journals, books, conferences, patents, dissertations – in chemistry, biochemistry, physical, inorganic, analytical chemistry, applied chemistry, chemical engineering, macromolecular chemistry and organic chemistry. And it is updated daily.

SciFinder allows you to search by keyword or topic as well as by molecular formula, substance identifier eg CAS Registry Number, and chemical or reaction structure.

Training or product demonstrations are available.

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Inquiry into unconventional gas in Victoria

AWA Source 6 July 2015

The Victorian Standing Committee on Environment and Planning has called for an inquiry on the exploration, extraction, production and rehabilitation for onshore unconventional gas.

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Extent of ice usage revealed in water

The Weekend Australian Greg Bearup, Dan Box pp 1 and 8

The federal government has been urged to adopt a national wastewater analysis scheme to accurately map the use of illicit drugs.

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Laundry blaze toxins linger

Townsville Bulletin RACHEL RILEY July 10, 2015

TOXIC chemicals have continued to smoulder hours after a commercial laundry was destroyed by a fierce blaze, with fire investigators unable to enter the site yesterday to determine the cause.
Emergency services were called to Townsville Laundries on Woolcock St at Garbutt about 6.20pm on Wednesday but the intense fire destroyed the building and caused a structural collapse. Neighbouring businesses were under threat and fire crews battled to protect them.
Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Special Operations Unit Inspector Stephen Knight said officers were still putting out spot fires yesterday and had painstakingly removed bulk commercial chemicals and large stacks of clothing and manchester.

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Common drugs found lurking in Sydney Harbour water

ABC News Sophie Scott, Alison Branley 7 July 2015

Significant levels of strong painkillers and anti-depressants have been found in tests conducted on water samples in Sydney Harbour.

The drugs were found by analysing samples of marine water from 30 sites adjacent to stormwater outlets across the entire Sydney estuary.  Researchers said this was the first study to report micro-pollutants in the Sydney estuary and some pesticides in Australian marine waters.  (Includes a list of drugs found)

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