Waterways May be Contaminated with High Levels of BPA Released into the Atmoshpere

Catherine Griffin

May 19, 2015

Science World Report

Our water may be contaminated by hormone-disrupting pollutants. Scientists have discovered that harmful concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA) may have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater.
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"There is a growing concern that hormone disruptors such as BPA not only threaten wildlife but also humans," said Chris Kassotis, one of the researchers, in a news release. "Recent studies have documented widespread atmospheric releases of BPA from industrial sources across the United States. The results from our study provide evidence that these atmospheric discharges can dramatically elevate BPA in nearby environments."
 
In this latest study, the researchers assessed Missouri water quality near industrial sites permitted to release BPA into the air. Water sampling sites were selected based on their proximity to the Suerfund National Priorities List (NPL) or locations with reported atmospheric discharges of BPA as identified by the Environmental Protection Agency.