Incidence and toxicological significance of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in drinking water

Erin M. Snyder, Gretchen M. Bruce, Richard C. Pleus, Shane A Snyder

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Abstract

Increasing sensitivity of new analytical methods has enabled the detection of certain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in drinking water systems. EDCs in raw water entering drinking water treatment plants can arise from many potential sources, including municipal wastewater treatment plant effluent, industrial discharges, agricultural activities, etc. Questions remain about the potential health effects of long-term, low-dose exposures to EDCs via potable water supplies. Of particular concern are potential consequences to sensitive population groups, such as pregnant women and children. We present preliminary data arising from our work on assessing the potential health risks of these chemicals and establishing target concentrations for water treatment. Specifically, we focus on the selection of chemicals of concern (COC) for this project. EDCs were selected as COC for this project on the basis of the following five criteria. (1) Status as an EDC. A literature review was conducted to collect evidence that certain chemicals can be classified as EDCs. Emphasis was placed on chemicals that have produced an adverse effect mediated through the endocrine system in at least one in vivo test system with a laboratory animal that serves as a surrogate for humans or that have been reported to produce an endocrine effect in humans. (2) Likelihood of exposure through drinking water. To assess occurrence in drinking water, monitoring for target chemicals is underway at several drinking water utilities nationwide. A literature search revealed additional occurrence data for source water, raw water, and drinking water, as well as information that can be used to predict the removal of EDCs through drinking water treatment processes. (3) Potential to cause adverse health effects. Severity of effects, potency, and pharmacokinetics (e.g., half-life, bioaccumulation) were considered. (4) Endocrine mode of action. Only those chemicals that act through the so-called "EAT" modes of action (Estrogenic (or anti-estrogenic), Androgenic (or anti-androgenic), and Thyroid-related) were considered. (5) Interest in specific contaminants. The Project Advisory Committee (PAC) and participating utilities were asked to identify EDCs that they believe are potential concerns. EDCs that appear to be the subject of interest among the public and the scientific community also were considered. For selected EDCs, animal and human clinical toxicity data are being examined to establish threshold exposure levels of concern, particularly focusing on the potential for reproductive and developmental effects and effects on endocrine function. The results of this project will provide information to determine whether consumption of EDCs in municipal drinking water poses a public health risk; which chemicals likely present the most significant risks, and which treatment systems most effectively reduce target chemical concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRestoring Our Natural Habitat - Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Restoring Our Natural Habitat - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: May 15 2007May 19 2007

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Other2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Restoring Our Natural Habitat
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period5/15/075/19/07

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Potable water
drinking water
chemical
Health risks
Water treatment
health risk
Animals
Public risks
Health
endocrine system
Water
Bioaccumulation
animal
Water treatment plants
Pharmacokinetics
effect
Public health
literature review
half life
Water supply

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology

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Snyder, E. M., Bruce, G. M., Pleus, R. C., & Snyder, S. A. (2007). Incidence and toxicological significance of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in drinking water. In Restoring Our Natural Habitat - Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress

Incidence and toxicological significance of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in drinking water. / Snyder, Erin M.; Bruce, Gretchen M.; Pleus, Richard C.; Snyder, Shane A.

Restoring Our Natural Habitat - Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. 2007.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Snyder, EM, Bruce, GM, Pleus, RC & Snyder, SA 2007, Incidence and toxicological significance of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in drinking water. in Restoring Our Natural Habitat - Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress: Restoring Our Natural Habitat, Tampa, FL, United States, 5/15/07.
Snyder EM, Bruce GM, Pleus RC, Snyder SA. Incidence and toxicological significance of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in drinking water. In Restoring Our Natural Habitat - Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. 2007
Snyder, Erin M. ; Bruce, Gretchen M. ; Pleus, Richard C. ; Snyder, Shane A. / Incidence and toxicological significance of selected endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in drinking water. Restoring Our Natural Habitat - Proceedings of the 2007 World Environmental and Water Resources Congress. 2007.
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