Category Archives: Water analysis – Non-biological contamination

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Drug residue found in Queensland drinking water

Brisbane Times | David Sigston 27 July 2016

Queensland scientists have warned that drug residues from medicines are finding their way into drinking water.

James Cook University’s Dr Michael Oelgemoeller said that newer drugs “now persist longer and in more powerful concentrations,” in waterways.

Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/drug-residue-found-in-queensland-drinking-water-20160726-gqei43.html

 

Colorado town’s water supply tainted with marijuana’s active ingredient THC

ABC News 23 July 2016

Residents of a small town in the US state of Colorado have been warned not to drink or cook with tap water after the active ingredient in marijuana was detected in their water supply.

A sample of tap water in the town of Hugo was taken and results indicated the presence of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects.

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Ammonia levels high near Palmer’s refinery

News.com.au AAP July 14, 2016

Elevated levels of ammonia have been discovered in a creek near Clive Palmer’s Queensland nickel refinery.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) reports that the results came from a water sample at Blind Creek near the Yabulu nickel and cobalt refinery.
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles said the samples were taken in late June.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/ammonia-levels-high-near-palmers-refinery/news-story/2366407b69c6364d60357709344c4566

 

DFG Senate Commission submits 52nd list of maximum workplace concentrations limits

(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft 11 July 2016) In 2016, the Senate Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area of the German Research Foundation (DFG) presented the 52nd issue of the List of Maximum Workplace Concentrations and Biological Exposure Limits. In providing this list, the DFG, the largest research funding organization and central self-governing organization of the research community in Germany, has fulfilled its statutory mandate to advise on science policy.

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Green cred of my cuddly polar-fleece takes a real battering

Mercury Peter Boyer 12 July 2016

UK scientist Mark Anthony Browne moved to Australia partly because of the world-class forensic tools available at the University of Sydney for identifying thousands of tiny fibres he’s found over many years in wastewater and 18 sites on the shorelines of six continents.  Analysis found fibres identified the main culprit: polar-fleece clothing that millions of us wear daily.

Looking at wastewater samples from domestic washing machines, the study found that one garment can produce more than 1900 fibres in a single wash. Ingested by small organisms, these particles are a pathway for toxic pollutants to enter the tissues of animals at the base of the food chain.

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Public and Environmental Health Forum Series 12 July 2016

Tuesday 12 July 2016;  FSS Conference Theatre; 9:30 am

A study of the prevalence of Campylobacter spp. and Salmonella spp. in retail raw fresh chicken meat in QLD – Anna Sartor and Ellena Heading

Reef monitory in Qld – Rohan Wallace

All staff are welcome – refreshments provided following the talks

Abandoned CSG wells go untested by NSW regulators, fanning community concern

Sydney Morning Herald Peter Hannam 8 July 2016

NSW regulators do not routinely test coal seam gas wells after they have been plugged and abandoned, relying instead on “technical reports” by the companies that the wells pose no threat to communities and the environment.   The issue of who is responsible for the integrity of CSG wells after they are decommissioned is coming to a head as residents of Gloucester demand answers after AGL’s decision in February that it would exit the entire industry.

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