UBC study measures endocrine disruptors in Okanagan wastewater

May 5, 2010 – UBC-Okanagan

UBC researchers conducting the ongoing Okanagan Endocrine Disruptor Study have determined that concentrations of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs,  referred to collectively as estrogens) are low in Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton wastewater treatment effluents.

Jeff Curtis, Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at UBC’s Okanagan campus, and graduate student Tricia Brett are sampling municipal wastewater and receiving waters to determine levels of four estrogenic compounds — the EDCs — and rates at which they break down in the environment.

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