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PPCPs in Our Waters

Volume 2 Number 6 November/December 2003

“Pharmaceuticals and personal care products” (PPCPs) and “endocrine-disrupting compounds” (EDCs) are as hard to say as one might think they are to drink. Recent developments in analytical techniques have allowed researchers to detect the presence of dozens of these compounds in wastewater-affected streams and in groundwater, at concentrations in the nanograms per liter range. Now that we have an idea of what compounds are present, there is much to learn about how long they persist, where they go, and what the implications are to ecosystems and human health.

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