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 Research – Contents Pages

Table of Contents  |   Volume 76, Pages 1-226 (1 June 2015)

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Diabetes drug found in freshwater is a potential cause of intersex fish

(University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee 24 April 2015) A medication commonly taken for type II diabetes, which is being found in freshwater systems worldwide, has been shown to cause intersex in fish — male fish that produce eggs, according to a study done at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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AWA and Norton Rose Fulbright to draft discussion paper on CSG and water regulations

AWA Source: 20 April 2015

AWA and law firm Norton Rose Fulbright are working together to develop a discussion paper on the regulations to do with coal seam gas and water in NSW and Queensland. The paper will include a summary of NSW and Queensland regulatory regimes; highlight the key differences in regulation of and approach to CSG for water related activities between the two states; and provide recommendations to harmonise the legislation to achieve best-practice in both States and opportunities to streamline for better business and environmental outcomes.

For more information on the project, please contact National Manager – Communications and Policy, Amanda White, on awhite@awa.asn.au or 02 9467 8416

WWII mustard gas dumped off Cape Moreton

Brisbane Times Tony Moore April 17, 2015

More than 8000 tonnes of chemical weapons, mostly mustard gas, dumped off Moreton Island in 1945 after World War II pose little danger to the general public, according to the Department of Defence.
However the department says there has been no testing on the mustard gas shells, bombs, grenades and tear gas grenades that were dumped in deep water in two, five kilometre-wide dump zones on the ocean side of Cape Moreton.
And it remains unclear if any biological tests have ever been conducted in the nearby Cape Moreton Marine Park 70 years later.

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Herbicide levels exceed guidelines in three north Queensland creeks

ABC Rural News David Sparkes 16 April 2015

Water tests from three cane growing areas in Queensland have found herbicide chemical levels exceeding Australian guidelines.
The samples are from the Mackay, Whitsundays and Burdekin districts and the herbicides are diuron and atrazine.
Canegrowers Queensland published the information this week, after receiving updates from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

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Australian Academy of Science – Nominations for the 2016 honorific awards for scientific excellence are now open

Honorific Awards

Most honorific awards are open to any scientist normally resident in Australia. Nominations may be made by anyone in the scientific community, with the exception of the Macfarlane Burnet or the Matthew Flinders Medals and Lectures for which nominations may only be made by Academy Fellows.

Criteria and nomination forms are available under each individual award.  Awards are available for a range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, human genetics, and women in science, and include early and mid-career awards.

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