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PPCP Consortium Meeting Tomorrow at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

Just a reminder that we will be having our winter Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) Consortium meeting on Dec. 8 at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL) in the SJW conference room. The meeting is free and open to anyone who is conducting research or outreach on pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and/or hormones in the environment or related topics. The meeting will be from 11 AM to 1 PM and a light lunch will be served. If you have not done so already, please RSVP to Nancy Holm (, if you plan to attend. Please forward this announcement to others you feel might be interested in attending.
The meeting will include 20 min. webinar presentations from:
Dr. Ruth Marfil-Vega from American Water with a talk titled, "Overview of American Water's Innovation and Environmental Stewardship Group and its Studies on the Fate of Emerging Contaminants." The combined application of targeted chemical analysis (by gas or liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry) with modern analytical techniques based on advanced mass spectrometry, such as quadruple-time of flight, into environmental monitoring provides insightful information to environmental specialists to determine the behavior of the ever-growing list of emerging (ECs) and other unregulated contaminants (i.e. pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides, disinfection by-products) throughout water treatment. An overview from different projects being conducted by the American Water's Innovation and Environmental Stewardship Group utilizing a combined approach (using targeted and untargeted analysis) to study the impact of drinking water and wastewater treatment operations on the fate of ECs identified as treatment performance and health base indicators (i.e. sucralose, estradiol, caffeine, triclosan, iopromide, DEET, gemfibrozil, atrazine) and nitrosamines (unregulated disinfection by-products) will be provided.

Dr. Helen Goeden from MN Dept. of Health with a talk titled, "Minnesota Department of Health's Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern Program." Dr. Goeden will give an overview of Minnesota Dept. of Health 's program activities including their chemical review process for developing human health-based drinking water guidance and their special pharmaceutical project.

This will be only the second time the group has met, so it isn't too late to join. The more the merrier. We hope to see you there!

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