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Antibiotics, Hormones & Water



>From the New York Times,  Sunday 17 March 2002:

"Visceral Ecology
Humans and their livestock are increasingly medicated and disinfected, and
tall those drugs and chemicals are leaving a subtle mark on the country's
waterways, government scientists found.  A survey of 139 streams in 30
states found that 80 percent had traces - mostly just a part per billion or
less - of dozens of drugs, disinfectants, detergents, insect repellents and
other compounds flushed down sewers and not completely captured by treatment
plants.   Water experts said that the two dozen antibiotics found, along
with triclosan, the active ingredient in antimicrobial soaps, could lead to
sturdier bacterial strains.  The survey - performed by a unit slated to be
closed by the Bush administration -also found that many streams held traces
of hormones from birth control pills and other sources that could harm fish.
As a result, the F.D.A. Said it might have to expand environmental tests
before approving new drugs."

Andrew C. Revkin
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              Stephanie C. Davis
       WASTE REDUCTION REMEDIESSM
                510/527-8864
  ScD18@WasteReductionRemedies.com

On Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays I can regularly be found at :

      Sutter Delta Medical Center
Quality Management / Infection Control
3901 Lone Tree Way,  Antioch, CA 94509
           DavisSt@sutterhealth.org
phone:      925-756-1118      fax:     925-779-3044

 Where I am the Infection Control Coordinator,
         work which is separate from WRR

         WRR WILL BE CLOSED
        26 MARCH  1 APRIL 2002
THERE WILL BE NO EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE & INTERMITTENT VOICE MAIL PICK-UP

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