EPA Researchers Assessing Endocrine Disruptors in Wastewater Effluent

EPA researchers are analyzing effluents from a range of wastewater treatment plants to understand which endocrine disruptors (i.e., natural human hormones; hormones from pharmaceutical products like birth control pills; and potential endocrine disruptors present in detergents, soaps, plastics, food, and personal care products) are present in wastewater. This analysis, in conjunction with the development of new screening methods such as bioassays, will help researchers assess endocrine-disrupting compounds and aid in developing innovative solutions that municipalities can use to reduce the concentrations of these chemicals. For more information, visit EPA’s web site HERE.