Emerging Contaminants Challenges – Alternative Approaches for Water Utilities
May 7, 2007
- The New EU Legislation on Chemicals Management – Robert H. Donkers, Counselor for Environmental Affairs, Delegation of the European Commission to the U.S., REACH
Growing awareness of and concern about the lack of information about chemical substances and environmental and health risks posed by many chemicals, has led in the European Union to the development of new legal provisions regulating chemicals production, processing, and use. The presentation introduced the new EU chemical policy and legislation, also known as REACH and provided some thoughts about a future overhaul of the U.S. chemical management system (TSCA).
- Endocrine Disruptors as Emerging Chemicals in the Environment: Policy Approaches for Reducing the Risks – Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MPH, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Interdepartmental Program in Applied Public Health
Dr. Goldman briefly surveyed the issue of persistent organic pollutants and endocrine disruptors in the environment. She discussed approaches for reducing the risks, including pollution prevention, regulatory approaches under current federal and state laws, and approaches that might be considered in chemicals legislation in the future.
- Emerging Contaminants in U.S. Water Resources: Challenges and Potential Solutions – Rolf U. Halden, PhD, PE, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Water and Health
Pharmaceuticals, personal care products and other mass-produced chemicals are contaminants of emerging concern in U.S. water resources. The presentation introduced key determinants of this pollution and explored opportunities for reducing environmental and human health impacts.