Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC), which are used in wastewater treatment, due to their seemingly endless number of uses and origins in domestic, industrial, and agricultural applications, are discussed. EDCs are substances derived from both anthropogenic and natural sources that change the function of the endocrine system, affecting the way an organism or its progeny reproduce, grow, or develop. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) currently regulates a number of possible EDCs, such as chlordane, DDT, dioxin, cadmium, lead, and mercury. There is no clear indication of adverse human response to trace levels of EDCs in drinking water.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Specialist publication||Water Environment and Technology|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Engineering
- Water Science and Technology