This Canadian study (see below) is an example of the kinds of environmental studies we need. What is amazing about this study to examine whether household chemicals survive our waste treatment plants (that were not designed to do this kind of filtering) is not the findings of the study.
The findings are that waste treatment plants do not filter out manmade chemicals very well.
What is amazing is that the study was done in the first place. And that is amazing because these kinds of proactive, obvious studies should have been done long ago and continually.
This issue about pro-actively monitoring mankind’s effect on our environment is a subject that is mostly avoided in mainstream media. You just don’t see a lot of aggressive environmental studies in the media on who our way of life is affecting our environment. Why is that?
Our waste treatment plants cannot and were never designed to filter out the myriad of manmade chemicals we use and flush into our major lakes, which are our drinking water sources and much more.
The truth is that we don’t know what manmade chemicals are in most of the stuff we use and throw away; don’t know how these chemicals interact with each other and natural chemicals when they enter our waters; and, we don’t know because we haven’t been checking.
But that’s delusional: Why would we have assumed that our water treatment plants could have ever filtered these chemicals out—when we didn’t design them to do it? Why is this issue just occurring to folks after we have been dumping and flushing our pharmaceuticals and other chemicals into our waters for decades?
What we do know is that most of us carry inside of us many manmade chemicals; they are called the ‘body burden.’ How do you think we got this stuff inside us? Why are we still so complacent about these issues of pro-actively monitoring our environment, when every time we do check we find our waters filled with manmade stuff that shouldn’t be there? I think those who come after us will be very annoyed at our aggressive ignorance, where we just didn’t want to think about what is in the stuff that our generation uses and throws away. Check this story out and urge your representative for like studies:
Chemicals survive waste treatment to be released into environment: study- Winnipeg Free Press “Chemicals in household drugs and cleaning products routinely survive waste treatment and are released into the environment, where little is known about their effects on land, water and human health, according to a government-funded study. “What are really needed are risk assessments,” said Hugh Monteith, a research consultant who conducted the recently released study for the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. “The whole ecosystem needs to be assessed for the effects of the materials that are present in here.” ” (October 14, 2010) Winnipeg Free Press – Breaking News, Sports, Manitoba, Canada