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Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products: Issues Regarding Human Exposure

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Abstract:Since the 1970s, the impact of chemical pollution has focused almost exclusively on conventional "priority pollutants", especially on those collectively referred to as "persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic" (PBT) pollutants, persistent organic pollutants" (POPs) or "bioaccumulative chemicals of concern" (BBCs).

The "dirty dozen" is a ubiquitous, notorious subset of these, comprising highly halogenated organics (e.g. DDT, PCBs).

The conventional priority pollutants, however, are only one piece of the larger risk puzzle.

It is important to recognize that the current "lists" of priority pollutants were primarily established in the 1970s in large part for expediency - that is, they could be measured with off the shelf chemical analysis technology. Priority pollutants were NOT necessarily selected solely on the basis of risk.
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Citation:Daughton, C. G. Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products: Issues Regarding Human Exposure. Presented at Sixth National Environmental Public Health Conference, Atlanta, GA, December 3-5, 2003.
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Contact: Chris Siebert - (702) 798-2234 or siebert.christopher@epa.gov
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Division: Environmental Sciences Division
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Branch: Environmental Chemistry Branch
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Product Type: Abstrct/Oral
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Presented: 12/03/2003
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