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The Treatment of Estrogens and Estrogen Mimics in Wastewater.

Exposure of organisms to estrogenic compounds in the environment has been shown to cause reproductive and developmental abnormalities, including intersex features. Effluents from both the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Wastewater Treatment Plant in Duluth and the Metropolitan Treatment Plant in St. Paul have been shown to be estrogenic. Paige Novak (Department of Civil Engineering) will attempt to determine the fate of estrogens and estrogen mimics in wastewater when treated with a variety of processes. The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services will provide assistance. The project goal is to determine how best to treat wastewater to remove estrogenic compounds. Once this goal is met, decisions can be made as to how to optimize treatment for the protection of ecological, and potentially human, health.

Project Award Date: 
2007-06-30
Community organization or agency: 
The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District and the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services
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Sponsoring CURA Program: 
CURA Contact: 
Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737