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Title: Targeted Monitoring Programme for Pharmaceuticals in the Aquatic Environment
Author: M J Hilton
Author: K V Thomas
Author: D Ashton
Author: Environment Agency
Document Type: Monograph
Annotation: Environment Agency Project ID:EAPRJOUT_1117, Representation ID: 596, Object ID: 2382
The aim of this work was to conduct a targeted monitoring study of twelve of the selected pharmaceutical compounds and pharmaceutical compound metabolites at UK sewage treatment works (STW). The occurrence data generated by this targeted monitoring programme will be used to verify the Predicted Environmental Concentrations (PECs) derived during the screening process, reduce the uncertainty associated with the screening process and provide actual data to enable the Environment Agency to better determine potential risk. Analytical methods were developed and validated to determine concentrations of the pharmaceutical compounds trimethoprim, diclofenac, sulfamethoxazole, acetylsulfamethoxazole, paracetamol, mefenamic acid, ibuprofen, erythromycin, dextropropoxyphene, lofepramine, tamoxifen and propranolol in STW effluents and receiving water samples collected over a three month period during 2002. STW final effluent and receiving water samples were collected from Corby, Great Billing, East Hyde, Harpenden and Ryemeads STWs and analysed for the targeted pharmaceuticals. The results are given in the report. The environmental input of each targeted pharmaceutical is also reported using the occurrence data generated by this study and flow data obtained from each STW at the time of sampling.
Publisher: Environment Agency
Subject Keywords: DrugsMonitoringRiversEstuariesWater pollutionSewage treatmentEffluentsBrackish water
Extent: 62
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