Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Better catalysts will remove carcinogenic chlorine compounds from water

(Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences 19 November 2015) The Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw has just unveiled two new catalysts developed in close cooperation with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow and the Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce. The catalysts have been designed with the effective treatment of tap water in mind, eliminating harmful chlorine compounds.

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Today’s disposable society: Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern

(Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 12 November 2015) An increasing amount of drugs taken by humans and animals make it into streams and waterways, and pharmaceutical pollution has had catastrophic ecosystem consequences despite low levels of concentration in the environment. The effect of pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern on the environment will be addressed in a special issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

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Schoenfuss HL, Furlong ET, Philips PJ, Scott T, Kolpin DW, Cetkovic-Cvrlje M, Lesteberg KE, Rearick DC. 2015. Complex mixtures, complex responses: Assessing pharmaceutical mixtures using field and laboratory approaches

Batt AL, Kincaid T, Kostich MS, Lazorchak J, Olsen AR. 2015. Evaluating the extent of pharmaceuticals in United States surface waters using a national scale rivers and streams assessment survey

Masoner JR, Kolpin DW, Furlong ET, Cozzarelli IM, Gray JL. 2015. Landfill leachate as a mirror of today’s disposable society: Pharmaceuticals and other contaminants of emerging concern in final leachate from landfills in the conterminous United States.

Dirty pipeline: Methane from fracking sites can flow to abandoned wells, new study shows

(University of Vermont 20 October 2015) A new study funded by the National Science Foundation shows that abandoned oil and gas wells near fracking sites can be conduits for methane escape not currently being measured, a significant finding given the current debate over new EPA rules regulating fracking-related release of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

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Drug residues in wastewater: Private households mainly responsible

(Leuphana Universität Lüneburg 19 October 2015) Sustainability researchers at Leuphana University of Lueneburg have found that most drug residues discharged to wastewater come from private households. As contributors of pollution by Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), health establishments, such as hospitals, psychiatric and nursing facilities are hardly worth mentioning. They merely discharge a small amount, and only at local level, of these significant contaminating substances to wastewater.

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North Queensland rural dentist advocates fluoridated water in outback mining town

ABC News Sophie Kesteven 29 October 2015

A dentist working in an outback Queensland mining town is advocating for fluoridated water after witnessing a large proportion of young children with extensive tooth decay.
General dentist Dr Ralph Kelsey moved to the small mining town of Glenden in north Queensland last year.
Prior to that he practised as a dentist in Brisbane for 25 years.
While he enjoys the country change, Dr Kelsey was concerned about the number of young children with extensive tooth decay.
“It is a combination of oral hygiene habits, their diet and the fact that there is no fluoridated water supply in Glenden,” Dr Kelsey said.

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Hong Kong developer fined for Cape York damage

Brisbane Times AAP October 28, 2015

A Hong Kong developer and his mining company have been fined hundreds of thousands of dollars over environmental damage in Cape York.
Magistrate Anthony Gett on Wednesday fined Dianne Mining $250,000 for the damage caused by leaks at a dormant copper mine southwest of Cooktown.
He also ordered managing director Peter Zhang to pay $50,000 after a report found the leaks from a catch dam could seriously harm aquatic animals 800 metres downstream.
The Cairns Magistrate Court heard there was no evidence the contamination had caused a loss for downstream landholders or a public health risk.

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Gas framework to build community confidence

Government of Western Australia Media Statement; Hon Bill Marmion 20 October 2015

Stringent regulations to protect public health, water supplies and the environment are highlighted in a new nine-agency framework to govern gas industry development. Releasing the comprehensive ‘Guide to the Regulatory Framework for Shale and Tight Gas in Western Australia’ in State Parliament, Western Australian Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Marmion said the document would guide and benefit communities and the petroleum industry. “This is a clear and concise road map for the future,” Mr Marmion said. “Community members and landholders can have confidence that WA has world-leading regulation that respects people’s rights and protects our State’s most valuable assets.”

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