University of Rhode Island researchers find emerging contaminants at 27 sampling sites
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Water quality researchers say they’ve found traces of chemical antibacterial compounds, detergents and flame retardants throughout the Narragansett Bay watershed, at all 27 locations where they sampled the water.
The hazardous chemicals are common in industrial processes and personal care products but are not typically monitored by the EPA. They are part of a class of so-called emerging contaminants derived from personal health products, cosmetics and other sources that are of growing concern to environmental experts.
“Being exposed to these compounds is the hidden cost of our lifestyle,” said Rainer Lohmann, an associate professor of chemical oceanography at the University of Rhode Island who did the research along with graduate student Victoria Sacks. “It’s frustrating that as we ban the use of some chemical compounds, industry is adding new ones that we don’t know are any better,” Lohman said. (more…)
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