[Pharmwaste] EPA grant awarded to reduce pharm in enviro
Johnsome at co.portage.wi.us
Wed Feb 8 16:50:28 EST 2006
Villanova University wins federal funding to reduce pharmaceuticals in the
PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency presented a
$101,125 pollution prevention grant to Villanova University in Delaware
County, Pa. today to study what can be done to reduce the presence of
pharmaceuticals in the environment.
Villanova will carry out a project to prevent pharmaceutically-active
chemicals from entering the environment. Under the direction of Dr.
Rominder Suri, director of the Villanova Center for the Environment, the
project will identify ways to better manage how prescription and
non-prescription pharmaceuticals are discarded from university
dormitories. Additionally, the project is developing technology to reduce
pollution by preventing pharmaceutically-active chemicals from leaving
municipal wastewater treatment plants.
“Villanova’s project is significant because it gives us a head start at
working on ways to effectively reduce pharmaceuticals in the environment
while continuing to learn more about this emerging environmental issue,”
said Donald S. Welsh, EPA’s mid-Atlantic regional administrator. “Although
EPA is funding this project, the results of Villanova’s work can be useful
for other universities that are voluntarily taking steps to reduce
pollution on their campuses as their commitment to improving the
“The leadership of EPA in tackling this problem is exemplary and
commendable,” said Suri. “They are recognizing the problem and are taking
steps to protect the environment and human populations while at the same
time helping the industry by developing treatment technologies and
innovative waste minimization approaches.”
For the last 10 years, scientists have been measuring pharmaceutical
contamination of lakes, streams, and groundwater. Traces of drugs,
excreted by people and livestock, have been found in numerous water
sources. Many of these chemicals are “hormone mimics” and interfere with
the reproductive system of aquatic organisms. They can have a detrimental
effect on the local ecology and sensitive human populations, such as
pregnant women, children or the elderly.
The grant comes from EPA’s source reduction and pollution prevention
program that supports efforts to reduce or eliminate pollution as well as
innovations to develop pollution prevention projects of general interest.
For more information please visit http://www.epa.gov/Region3/p2/grants.htm
Meleesa D. Johnson
Portage County Solid Waste Department
600 Moore Road
Plover, WI 54467
johnsome at co.portage.wi.us
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