Pharmaceutical pollution reaching alarming levels globally

The National Toxics Network (NTN) has released a new report and a fact sheet warning that pharmaceutical pollution has reached alarming levels globally, with over 200 different pharmaceuticals detected in aquatic and terrestrial environments, including areas as remote as the Antarctic. The report examines the situation in Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Islands. As a result of the report NTN is calling for 1. Immediate action to implement new binding guidelines relating to pharmaceutical contaminants in biosolids and recycled water 2. Stop the use of biosolids as fertiliser pending further investigation of pharmaceutical contaminants 3. Invest in the development and use of advanced wastewater treatment technologies that remove and degrade pharmaceutical pollutants

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