Atmospheric Release of BPA May Reach Nearby Waterways

College of Arts & Science
Jeff Sossamon, sossamonj@missouri.edu, 573-882-3346
News Source: 
MU News Bureau
Departments: 
Biological Sciences

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Water contamination by hormone-disrupting pollutants is threatening water quality around the world. Existing research has determined that harmful concentrations of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical used in consumer products such as plastic food storage and beverage containers, have been deposited directly into rivers and streams by municipal or industrial wastewater. Now, researchers from theUniversity of Missouri and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have assessed Missouri water quality near industrial sites permitted to release BPA into the air. As a result, scientists now believe that atmospheric releases may create a concern for contamination of local surface water leading to human and wildlife exposure.

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