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‘Emerging Disinfection by-products and Other Emerging Environmental Contaminants in Water and Wastewater: What’s New’, Journalists’ House, Nicosia organized by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and State General Laboratory of Cyprus, 9/3/2009

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering organized a lecture with Dr. Susan D. Richardson on 9 March 2009 at the Journalists House in Nicosia. Dr. Susan D. Richardson is a research chemist at the U.S. EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory in Athens, GA. The event was also supported by State General Laboratory.

This presentation focused on the emerging environmental contaminants that are currently of concern to the U.S. EPA and to other agencies. Emerging contaminant include perfluorinated chemicals, pharmaceuticals, brominated flame-retardants, gasoline additives, pesticide degradation products, algal toxins, perchlorate and disinfection by-products (DBPs). The presentation included the results of recent studies as well as concerns on drinking water, disinfection by-products (DBPs), other emerging environmental contaminants that are present in water and wastewater, the current developments for the 3rd US contaminant candidate list, unregulated contaminants monitoring rule, wastewater reuse and desalination issues.

It is notable that Dr. Susan Richardson led a recent Nationwide DBP Occurrence Study that focused on obtaining occurrence data for DBPs of potential health significance and is particularly interested in promoting new health effects research so that the risks of DBPs can be determined and minimized.

More than 50 participants from the public and private sector, academic community as well as researchers were present at the lecture. Following the end of the lecture a discussion took place.