Triclosan, the active ingredient in most anti-bacterial soaps, is being detected in human breast milk and urine. It is not clear how serious this problem is, but it could be problematic. Over 75% of all liquid soaps used in the US contain this potentially harmful chemical. Link.
An excellent show about water contamination in the two major estuaries of the US. Raises a lot of very interesting questions. Highly recommend it. Link
Living near extremely contaminated streams is very common in urban India. I have seen several in or around Hyderabad where I grew up. It did not strike me until recently, that these streams are a by product of cheap generics we purchase here in the US. Most of these generics come from countries like India […]
Here’s an interesting article on how groundwater can be polluted during natural drilling operations. Link. Interestingly EPA doesn’t seem to be enforcing regulations that help protect human health. If you’re curious as to whether SC DHEC does a better job of enforcing health and environmental regulations on local inductry, here’s your answer…
Recent surveys (link, link) are reporting that low levels of pharmaceutical chemicals (antibiotics, hormones, anti-depressants, etc.), active ingredients in personal care products (hand-wash soap, etc.), fire retardant chemicals (coatings on clothes, mattresses, sofas, carpets, etc.) are present in drinking water even after they have been treated. We don’t know yet as to what would happen […]