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Study Finds Pharmaceuticals, Other Micropollutants In Hudson Estuary

Study finds diverse set of pharmaceuticals and other ‘micropollutants’ in Hudson River Estuary

Carol Knudson of Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and Jennifer Epstein of Riverkeeper rig a bottle to a pole for sampling associated with “micropollutant” analysis by Cornell researchers. (Photo: Dan Shapley)
Cornell scientists test for pesticides, pharmaceuticals and personal care products; 83 of 117 substances are detected For Immediate Release: July 15, 2016 Contacts: Leah Rae, Riverkeeper media specialist, (914) 478-4501, ext. 238, lrae@riverkeeper.org Damian E. Helbling, assistant professor, Cornell University, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, (607) 255-5146, deh262@cornell.edu Kingston, N.Y. – A first-of-its-kind study of the Hudson River Estuary has found a long and varied list of pharmaceuticals, pesticides and personal care products in the water – 83 out of 117 micropollutants targeted – ranging from the anti-depressant venlafaxine […]

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