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Focus on Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

Publication number Date Published
10-03-003January 2010
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Author(s) Lubliner, B.
Description In August 2008, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted an initial screening study to characterize pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) at five municipal wastewater treatment plants in Washington State. The study looked at untreated wastewater, treated wastewater, reclaimed water discharge, and treated solids (biosolids). Plants in this study used a range of treatment processes.

In this study, Ecology and EPA collaborated with the Puget Sound Partnership and local wastewater treatment plants. PPCPs include prescription drugs, over-the counter therapeutic drugs, and products people use such as lotions, shampoos, and fragrances.
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Keywords drugs, pharmaceuticals, partnership, water, Ecology, waste, Puget Sound, Environmental Protection Agency

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