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Hydrology: Current Research
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Emerging Contaminants - Small Concentrations, Big Problems

Satinder K. Brar*
Assistant Professor, INRS-ETE, Université du Québec Centre Eau, Terre & Environnement/Centre for Water, Québec, Canada
Corresponding Author : Dr. Satinder K. Brar
Assistant Professor
INRS-ETE, Université du Québec Centre Eau
Terre & Environnement/Centre for Water, Québec, Canada
E-mail: [email protected]
Received June 27, 2011; Accepted July 01, 2011; Published July 15, 2011
Citation: Brar SK (2011) Emerging Contaminants – Small Concentrations, Big Problems. Hydrol Current Res 2:101e. doi: 10.4172/2157-7587.1000101e
Copyright: © 2011 Brar SK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Abstract

For the last decade, we have seen an upsurge in the scientific documentation of emerging contaminants which comprises several chemical and microbial constituents that have not traditionally been considered as contaminants and are present in the environment on a global scale. Emerging contaminants can originate from a variety of animal- and human-waste sources, including municipal, agricultural, and industrial wastewater pathways. The emerging contaminants comprise, nanoparticles, endocrine disrupter compounds, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, prions, cyanobacteria, plasticizers, organometallic compounds, among others. The trail to the environment can be from rapid and direct discharges of effluent into a water body or the slow leaching of stored waste through soils. These emerging contaminants represent a shift in traditional thinking, as many are produced industrially yet are dispersed to the environment from domestic, commercial, and industrial uses. The emerging contaminants present the biggest challenge of analysis as some of them are present in nanograms or pictograms and in fact, these environmentally relevant concentrations lend toxicity.

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