15 Jul '11, 8am

Hazardous substances in Europe’s fresh and marine waters – an overview: Hazardous substances in fresh and marine...

Hazardous substances in water affect aquatic life and can pose a threat to human health Hazardous substances are emitted to fresh and marine waters through a range of pathways and from a variety of sources, including industry, agriculture, transport, mining and waste disposal, as well as from our own homes. Hazardous substances found in fresh and marine waters and associated sediment and biota include a wide range of industrial and household chemicals, metals, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. Some substances, for example tributyltin (TBT), persist in aquatic environments long after they have been phased out. Hazardous substances can have detrimental effects on aquatic biota. Substances with endocrine-disrupting properties, for example, can impair reproduction in fish and shellfish, while the effects of organochlorines on marine life are well documented. Such impacts diminis...

Full article: http://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/hazardous-substances-...

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