pharmaceutical pollution News

  • Clay helps clean up pharmaceutical pollution

    A new study explains how modified clay could be used to clean up pharmaceutical pollution in water supplies. It may present a viable, low cost option for treatment of wastewater in constructed wetlands in particular. The study focuses on some frequently detected pharmaceuticals, including ibuprofen. Pharmaceuticals are commonly detected during water pollution monitoring. Some show up in drinking ...

  • Mussels: Biomonitoring tools for pharmaceutical pollution in the marine environment?

    Pharmaceutical pollution of marine environments has important biological consequences for aquatic organisms. This study investigated the effects on mussels of treatment with environmentally relevant levels of an antidepressant, fluoxetine, and a beta-blocker, propranolol, using biomarkers including DNA damage. The results showed that mussels are most vulnerable to these drugs in combination. Many ...

  • Pharmaceutical pollution levels in European rivers assessed

    Concentrations of three pharmaceuticals (ethinylestradiol, oestradiol and diclofenac), have been mapped in a recent study of European rivers. The researchers predict that levels of ethinylestradiol, a contraceptive and hormone replacement drug, could exceed the WFD’s suggested environmental quality standards in 12% of the total length of Europe’s rivers Widely used pharmaceutical ...

  • Illinois governor orders state waters to be tested for pharmaceutical pollution

    Following reports last week that trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are contaminating the nation's drinking water, Governor Rod Blagojevich has directed the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to expand its water quality monitoring to determine levels of pharmaceuticals that may be in Illinois waterways.  The Illinois EPA also will promote safe ways to dispose of over-the-counter, prescription ...

  • New recommendations to reduce pharmaceuticals in water

    Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) have become ubiquitous micro-pollutants in our waters and are becoming a growing concern. As a result of a collaboration between Swedish stakeholders, recommendations have been released that aim to reduce pharmaceuticals’ impact on waterbodies. “One single stakeholder cannot alone reduce the amount of pharmaceutical residues emitted into ...

  • Pesticides and pharmaceuticals influence riverbed communities of microbes

    Changes in complex microbial communities known as ‘biofilms’ at the bottom of rivers can reveal the effects of pesticide and pharmaceutical pollution of river water, according to a recent study. Painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs were found to have a significant effect on the structure and functioning of the biofilms. Human activities are contaminating surface waters with ...

  • Drinking water of 41m Americans contaminated with pharmaceuticals

    An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. It has long been known that drugs are not wholly absorbed or broken down by the human body. Significant amounts of any medication taken eventually pass out of the body, primarily through the urine. 'People think that if ...

  • Better monitoring of environmental pollutants

    One of Mistra´s Idea Support projects has developed a new technique for measuring a material´s chemical activity, i.e., how it reacts with and influences organisms. The technique is simple, cheap and appropriate for both field and laboratory use. Several of the methods that are used for calculating how different chemical environmental pollutants impact organisms measure concentrations of such ...


    By Mistra

  • Micro-pollutants in water circulation

    The elimination of micro-pollutants from our water is a challenge which more and more responsible providers and disposers have to set themselves. While biological treatment processes do not remove them completely, oxidation with ozone is proving to be one of the most efficient methods. Pharmaceuticals help many people and animals when fighting diseases, keeping healthy or improving quality of ...


    By WEDECO - a Xylem brand

  • Groundwater pollution in Europe: an overview

    An overview of groundwater contaminants in Europe is provided by a recent study, which calls for more integrated monitoring using a range of indicators. Groundwater contamination presents serious health and environmental concerns. A number of Directives, including the Water Framework, Groundwater, Nitrates, Industrial Emissions and Landfill Directives, together aim to protect groundwater from ...

  • Surface waters: 12 new controlled chemicals, three pharmaceuticals on watch list

    Twelve new substances will be added to the EU priority list of those known to pose a pollution risk to surface waters under rules endorsed by MEPs on Tuesday. For the first time, three pharmaceuticals will also be included in a "watch list" of emerging pollutants that could one day be placed on the priority list. “Water policy is a long-term policy. Our citizens should have access to clean ...


    By European Commission

  • New controls recommended to reduce environmental risks of human pharmaceuticals

    Controls on pharmaceutical production in the EU should be changed to guard against the spread of antibiotic resistance, protect wildlife and improve transparency in the industry, a team of scientists from Sweden and the UK recommends. The scientists propose 10 changes to the environmental risk assessment (ERA) of pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals pose a range of risks to the environment. These ...

  • Risk map shows European ‘hot spots’ for pharmaceuticals in the environment

    A new tool has been developed which highlights ‘hot spots’ of pharmaceutical pollution in Europe, where human health and aquatic environments could potentially be affected. The results suggest that the substances and locations posing the greatest risk are not the same for the aquatic environment as for human health. Both the pharmaceuticals we consume, and those that we ...

  • Grifols, leading pharmaceutical company at international level, opts for an ATTSU Boiler

    ATTSU has started up a 2,000 kg/h ATTSU boiler working at 8 bars at Grifols pharmaceutical company new venue at Parets del Vallès Industrial Park (Barcelona) in which will achieve two-fold fractioning capacity in plasma in Spain up to 4.2 million liter/year. Grifols, leading pharmaceutical company at international level opts for an ATTSU Boiler, ...


    By ATTSU TERMICA S.L.

  • Pfizer pays first fine under new pharmaceutical air rules

    The pharmaceutical company Pfizer Inc. has agreed to pay a $975,000 civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at its former manufacturing plant in Groton, Connecticut. The company stopped making pharmaceuticals at the plant in January. The settlement is the first of its type in federal court under Clean Air Act regulations controlling the emissions of hazardous air ...

  • How well do wastewater treatment plants remove pharmaceuticals?

    A comprehensive analysis of pharmaceuticals in Spanish wastewater has indicated that they are widespread pollutants. The majority of pharmaceuticals present in incoming wastewater were still present in both treated water and in the river waters receiving the treated water. The EU Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive1 (UWWTD) requires Member States to ensure that both discharges from urban ...

  • ‘Poor gain’ from extra treatment of wastewater to remove pharmaceuticals

    A recent study compared the decentralised treatment of pharmaceutical contaminants in wastewater at hospitals with centralised treatment at conventional and upgraded wastewater plants. The results suggest that additional (post) treatments may not always provide significant benefits. Conventional wastewater plants are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals excreted from the human body. As ...

  • How toxic are unregulated wastewater pollutants?

    Spanish and Dutch researchers have evaluated the environmental impact of chemical pollutants in wastewater in Spain. The results suggest that the most problematic pollutants may be derived from newer pharmaceutical and personal care products, such as everyday painkillers and soaps, not yet regulated. Water pollution is the main environmental concern for EU citizens, according to an EC ...

  • Federal Penalty for Swampscott Water Pollution

    The Town of Swampscott entered into a Consent Decree today agreeing to pay a $65,000 civil penalty and to take critical remedial measures to address pollution the Town discharged into the ocean near local beaches. The Consent Decree is the result of a federal enforcement action brought by the U.S. Department of Justice, on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The complaint ...

  • Polluting Philly drinking water costs Merck $20m

    Merck, the global pharmaceutical research company, has agreed to resolve violations of federal and state water pollution control regulations arising from spills of pollutants at its pharmaceutical plant outside of Philadelphia. The spills entered a waterway that supplies 40 percent of Philadelphia's drinking water. In one of the most comprehensive remediation settlement agreements for the ...

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