Leaking tank at Fukushima plant has no water gauge

NHK — Aug 22   The operator of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says it may have failed to find a leak of radioactive wastewater from a tank because it lacks a water gauge.   Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, on Monday found a massive leak of highly contaminated wastewater from a tank near the…

Medicine residues may threaten fish reproduction

2010 study posted for filing Contact: Joakim Larsson joakim.larsson@fysiologi.gu.se 46-317-863-589 University of Gothenburg Researchers at Umeå University and the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have discovered that traces of many medicines can be found in fish that have been swimming in treated waste water. One such medicine, the hormone levonorgestrel, was found…

Modern alchemy leaches gold from water

28Oct2012 SAINT-PIERRE-LES-NEMOURS, France (AFP)  A small French start-up company is selling a technology with a hint of alchemy: turning water into gold. It does so by extracting from industrial waste water the last traces of any rare — and increasingly valuable — metal. “We leave only a microgramme per litre,” according to Steve van Zutphen,…

Stream in India has record high levels of drugs

2009 study posted for filing By Margie Mason THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PATANCHERU, India — When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person…

Hypertension and cholesterol medications present in water released into the St. Lawrence River

2009 study posted for filing Contact: Julie Gazaille j.cordeau-gazaille@umontreal.ca 514-343-6796 University of Montreal Universite de Montreal research team on the water upstream and downstream from the Montreal wastewater This press release is available in French. Montreal, January 26, 2009 – A study conducted by Université de Montréal researchers on downstream and upstream water from the…

Prions are not degraded by conventional sewage treatment processes

Re-Posted  for filing 2008 Contact: Michael Woods m_woods@acs.org 202-872-4400 American Chemical Society Persistence of Pathogenic Prion Protein during Simulated Wastewater Treatment Processes IMAGE:Wastewater treatment plants do not reduce harmful proteins called prions that cause incurable brain infections, such as Mad Cow disease, scientists report. Click here for more information.    Environmental Science & Technology Scientists…