Humans consume more pharmaceuticals than ever, and consumption is set to rise. The rise in demand has resulted in an increase in the quantity and diversity of pharmaceutical contaminants being discharged into the environment.
As Victoria’s environmental regulator, EPA’s goal is to protect the environment and human health from harm due to pollution and waste. Knowledge of the impact of contaminants such as pharmaceuticals on the environment is still emerging. Nevertheless, it is essential that we continue to build our understanding of what happens once these contaminants are in our waterways.
EPA's Chief Environmental Scientist, Professor Mark Patrick Taylor, will host special guest speaker Professor Tomas Brodin, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, who will outline the issues, present his research into this global problem, and highlight the importance of taking science out of the lab and into the field.
EPA’s Senior Applied Scientist, Dr Minna Saaristo, will also provide an overview of our Emerging Contaminants Program and present recent findings from a study of wastewater treatment plant effluent on fish in Victoria, Australia.
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