Public Hearing on Amendment to the Recycled Water Policy

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CONSIDERATION OF ADOPTION OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE RECYCLED WATER POLICY CONCERNING MONITORING REQUIREMENTS FOR CONSTITUENTS OF EMERGING CONCERN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is holding a hearing to consider the adoption of a proposed amendment to the Recycled Water Policy. The … Continue reading “Public Hearing on Amendment to the Recycled Water Policy”

EPA to Begin Study of Low Dose Effects of Endocrines

Hi all! I just received this article stating that the EPA will begin to study low dose effects of endocrine disrupting chemicals. It is just a first step, but an incredibly important one.  This can represent a sea change in how toxicity is assessed and may be the beginning of the end for the theory … Continue reading “EPA to Begin Study of Low Dose Effects of Endocrines”

Chemo Drugs Pose Serious Public Health Risks

By FRANK CARINI/ecoRI News staff NEWPORT — For 25 years, Jim Mullowney worked to protect company employees from the dangers of industrial chemicals. When his mother was stricken with cancer, he quickly realized chemotherapy chemicals are much nastier, and that they are being unleashed in homes and on the environment largely unnoticed. “We send people … Continue reading “Chemo Drugs Pose Serious Public Health Risks”

Green-glowing fish provides new insights into health impacts of pollution

April 12, 2012 The fluorescent fish has shown that oestrogenic chemicals, which are already linked to reproductive problems, impact on more parts of the body than previously thought. The research by the University of Exeter and UCL (University College London) is published today (April 18, 2012) in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Numerous studies have linked ‘endocrine-disrupting’ chemicals, … Continue reading “Green-glowing fish provides new insights into health impacts of pollution”

How Estrogens Persist in Dairy Wastewater

ScienceDaily (June 5, 2012) – Wastewater from large dairy farms contains significant concentrations of estrogenic hormones that can persist for months or even years, researchers report in a new study. In the absence of oxygen, the estrogens rapidly convert from one form to another; this stalls their biodegradation and complicates efforts to detect them, the … Continue reading “How Estrogens Persist in Dairy Wastewater”

Comment on Toxicity Testing and Increasing Protection for Human Health

Just about all of these concerns can be addressed if toxicology moved toward a nonanimal approach. The method of using animals originated in the 1930-60 and is completely outdated today. The blueprint for development and implementation of alternatives is the National Research Council report, Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and a Strategy … Continue reading “Comment on Toxicity Testing and Increasing Protection for Human Health”

Is everything we think we know about chemical toxicity wrong?

May 30, 2012, Health & Environment Yes, if the first comprehensive review of the issue in a decade is correct in concluding that low doses of chemicals can harm health. Although the hypothesis that chemicals can have health effects at doses much lower than those routinely tested in the toxicological evaluation of chemicals is much-discussed, … Continue reading “Is everything we think we know about chemical toxicity wrong?”

Identification and prioritization of bioaccumulable pharmaceutical substances discharged in hospital effluents

By J. Jeana, b, Y. Perrodina, C. Pivotc, D. Trepod, M. Perraude, J. Droguetf, F. Tissot-Guerrazg, F. Locherb Journal of Environmental Management Volume 103, July 30, 2012, Pages 113–121 Abstract The consumption of pharmaceuticals and their excretion in wastewater is a continuous source of pollution for aquatic ecosystems. In certain cases these compounds are found … Continue reading “Identification and prioritization of bioaccumulable pharmaceutical substances discharged in hospital effluents”

Problems with Legislation for Reclaimed Wastewater

Clean Water Friends: Proposed legislation has evolved from the State’s Recycled Water Policy.  It  basically takes away the authority of the Departments of Public Health and the State and Regional Water Quality Control Boards to regulate the irrigation and recharge use of reclaimed wastewater.  It aims to allow discharge into the drinking water supply, including … Continue reading “Problems with Legislation for Reclaimed Wastewater”

RUSSIAN RIVER WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM TOURS

Tour Dates:  April 14th, May 19th, September 8th, and October 13th. The Sonoma County Water Agency invites the public to attend a free half day tour of the Russian River water supply system. The tours will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Tour participants will visit facilities that divert, pump and treat the water … Continue reading “RUSSIAN RIVER WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM TOURS”