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PPCP Conferences

Northeast Water Science Forum

Concept: An acknowledged need among Northeast state and federal agencies, interstate organizations, and academic institutions to elevate the visibility and dissemination of critical research to ensure that the best available scientific information is used to establish priorities and make management decisions regarding water resources in the Northeast.

Goal: To advance the interpretation and application of the science into policy and regulations, risk assessments, green chemistry movements, as well as identifying future research needs.

2011 Portland, Maine

Science to Inform Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Management, April 27-29, 2011, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, Maine

The focus of the 2011 conference was to help Northeast states make informed decisions regarding their policy and management.

Attendee Directory (PDF)

Wednesday, April 27

Risk Communication Workshop

Risk Communication Practices to Address the Quandary of Pharmaceuticals, Endocrine Disruptors, and Emerging Contaminants
Lisa Ragain, Aqua Vitae

Thursday, April 28

Federal Family of Speakers

An Approach to Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Water
John Wathen, U.S. EPA Headquarters

Best Management Practices for Unused Pharmaceuticals
Justin Pimpare, U.S. EPA Region 1

Emerging Contaminants in the Environment: An Overview of Source-to-Receptor Research by the USGS
TOXICS Program

Paul Bradley, USGS

Session 1 – Occurrence, Fate, and Transport

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities as a Source of Pharmaceuticals to Wastewater
Patrick Phillips, USGS

Preliminary Characterization of the Pharmaceutical Content of Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Leachate
Richard S. Behr, ME Department of Environmental Protection

Landfill Disposal of Unused Medicines Reduces Surface Water Releases
Douglas S. Finan, GlaxoSmithKline

Session 2 – Occurrence, Fate, and Transport

Understanding Septic Systems in Light of Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products
Andrews Tolman, Maine CDC Drinking Water Program

Combined Sewer Outflows as a Source of Hormones to Surface Water
Patrick Phillips, USGS

Organic Wastewater Compounds in Public and Private Drinking Water Wells Impacted by Septic Systems
on Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Laurel Schaider, Silent Spring Institute

Session 3 – Aquatic & Human Health Effects      

The Effects of a 30-Day In-Situ Exposure to Groundwater Bacterial Communities to Sub-Therapeutic
Concentrations of Sulfamethoxazole

Lisa Reynolds Fogarty, USGS

Antibiotic Resistance in Massachusetts Bay
Karen Lachmayr, Harvard University

Novel Fluorescence Spectroscopic Method to Quantify Trace PPCP Mixtures in Water Samples
James Killarney, University of Maine

Friday, April 29

Session 4 – Aquatic & Human Health Effects

The EPA Pilot Study of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Fish Tissue
John B. Wathen, U.S. EPA Headquarters, Office of Water

Biological Impacts of EDCs in a Highly Effluent-Dominated River in New England
Katrina Kipp, U.S. EPA Region 1

Hermaphrodites in Your Backyard: The Landscape Ecology of Amphibian Intersex
David Skelly, Yale University

Session 5 – Removal & Treatment

Potential for Biodegradation of PPCPs in Streams
Paul Bradley, USGS

Microconstituents in Biosolids: Update on the Science
Ned Beecher, North East Biosolids and Residuals Association

Assessing Selected PPCP Removals from Various Enhanced Biofiltration Schemes
Adria Fichter, University of New Hampshire

Session 6 – Removal & Treatment

Trends in Organic Wastewater Compound Concentrations at Four New York Wastewater Treatment Plant
Effluents, 2003 – 2010

Tia-Marie Stevens, USGS

Hormones, Pharmaceutical Compounds, and Estrogenicity in New York Wastewater Effluents
Anne Ernst, USGS

Advanced Oxidation Processes and Reverse Osmosis Treatment of Pharmaceutical in a Municipal
Wastewater Treatment Plant

Patrick Phillips, USGS and Darcy Sachs, O’Brien & Gere

Session 7 – Waste Management & Product Stewardship

Green Chemistry, Drug Therapy, and Design for Degradation Innovations to Reduce the Quantity of
Drugs Entering the Environment

Richard Williams, Environmental Science & Green Chemistry Consulting, LLC

Product Stewardship and Pharmaceuticals
Sierra Fletcher, Product Stewardship Institute

Unwanted Medicines and Educating our Communities: Experiences from the Great Lake States
Shelley Cabrera and Laura Kammin, Illinois – Indiana Sea Grant

Pharmaceutical Stewardship: Proper Disposal of Unwanted or Expired Medications with a Focus on the
Aging Population

Marjorie Copeland, U.S. EPA Headquarters

2011 Planning Committee

Nicholas Anastas MA DEP
Denise Argue USGS NH-VT
Marcel Belaval EPA Region 1
Priscilla Bloomfield CH2M Hill
Jessica Cajigas NEIWPCC
Octavia Conerly EPA HQ
Jaclyn Harrison NEIWPCC
Brandon Kernen NH DES
Ken Kosinski NYS DEC
Bill McDowell UNH
Scott Stoner NYS DEC
Susan Sullivan NEIWPCC
Andy Tolman ME DHHS
Lloyd Wilson NYS DOH

2007 Portland, Maine

The focus of the 2007 conference was to examine the state of high-quality, timely, and relevant scientific information and research.

Attendee Directory (PDF)

PPCP Perspectives

Emerging Knowledge on Emerging Contaminants
Rolf U. Halden, Ph.D., P.E., Johns Hopkins University

Pharmaceuticals and Other Emerging Contaminants in Water Resources: Trends and Observations at National and Watershed Scales
Edward T. Furlong, Ph.D., USGS, National Water Quality Laboratory

Contaminants of Emerging Concern: U.S. EPA Office of Water’s Perspective
Octavia D. Conerly, MSPH, U.S. EPA Headquarters, Office of Water

Session 1 – Occurrence, Fate & Transport

A Survey of the New York City Watershed for Selected Pharmaceuticals
Lloyd Wilson, NYS Department of Health

Organic Wastewater Contaminants in the Lake Champlain Basin
Patrick Phillips, USGS

Transport and Fate of Antidepressant Pharmaceuticals in Municipal Wastewater and Receiving Waters Including the Northeastern United States
Edward T. Furlong, USGS, National Water Quality Laboratory (on behalf of Melissa Schultz, College of Wooster)

Fate and Transport of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) and Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products (PPCPs): Comparison of Waste Treatment and Research in NC Upper Neuse River Basin. (Download the presentation handout.)
Barbara Hartley Grimes, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Session 2 – Occurrence, Fate & Transport

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Indicators of Sewage Contamination in Urban Streams
Marcus Waldron, USGS

Contamination of Surface Ponds on Cape Cod, MA, by EDCs and Pharmaceuticals from Septic-Contaminated Groundwater
Laurel J. Standley, Silent Spring Institute

Occurrence and Fate of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Select Michigan Waters
Amy Perbeck, MI Department of Environmental Quality

Session 3 – Aquatic & Human Health Effects

Biological Effects of Synthetic Estrogens in Wastewater Treatment Effluent
Emily Notch, University of Maine

Investigating the Presence of and Effects from Endocrine Disrupting Compounds within the Mainstem of the Ohio River
Erich Emery, ORSANCO

Natural and Synthetic Estrogenic Hormones in the United States Northeast Coastal Environment – Occurrence and Analytical Challenges
Yuegang Zuo, UMass Dartmouth

Session 4 – Aquatic & Human Health Effects

Characterization of Potential Risk for Several Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients: A Case Study of the Merrimack River
John Samuelian, AMEC

Potential for Effects of PPCPs in the Great Lakes Environment
Joanne Parrott, Environment Canada

Environmental Risk Assessment for Pharmaceuticals: Establishing a Methodology to Evaluate Population-Derived Pollutants
Robert DeMott, ENVIRON International

Session 5 – Removal & Treatment

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals and Other Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater and Drinking Water Treatment Technologies
Marc Mills, U.S. EPA ORD-NRMRL

Concentrations and Removal of Pharmaceutical Compounds at Three Wastewater Plants in New York State
Patrick Phillips, USGS

Investigating Treatment Effects on Targeted Endocrine Disrupting Compounds and Pharmaceuticals in Drinking Water
Nicholas Anastas, MA Department of Environmental Protection
David Reckhow, UMass Amherst

Evaluating the Removal of Pharmaceuticals and Other Organic Compounds through Conventional Drinking Water Treatments (Study 2; Study 3)
Paul Stackelberg, USGS

Session 6 – Removal & Treatment

Effectiveness of Selected Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems in Removing Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products
Marc Zimmerman, USGS

Fate of Estrogens at Wastewater Treatment Plants and their Control
Rominder Suri, Villanova University

Behavior of Endocrine-Active Compounds through Municipal Wastewater and Sludge Treatment Processes
James L. Gray, USGS

Session 7 – Removal & Treatment

Iron-TAML Activators: Effective Green Chemistry Catalysts for the Oxidative Decomposition of PPCPs
Terry Collins, Carnegie Mellon University

Trace Contaminants of Emerging Concern in a Pilot Water Reclamation System for Groundwater Replenishment
Kathleen Esposito, Metcalf & Eddy

Removal of Estrone from Water by Adsorption on Zeolites with Regeneration by UV Photolysis
Robert W. Thompson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Session 8 – Waste Management & Product Stewardship

Product Stewardship: Mail-In and One-Day Collections
Ann Pistell, ME Department of Environmental Protection

Use of the US EPA’s High Production Volume Information System to Identify Persistent, Bioaccumulative, Toxic Chemicals Used in Personal Care Products
Mary Lee Haughwout, WI Department of Health and Family Services

Can Drug Delivery Be a Possible Solution to the Pharmaceuticals in the Environment Problem?
Berkeley W. Cue, Jr., Consultant/Former Head of Research for Pfizer Pharmaceutical

Session 9 – Waste Management & Product Stewardship

Minnesota’s Healthcare Hazardous Waste Initiative
Rebecca Walter, MN Pollution Control Agency

A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of a Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Take-Back Program for New York State
Michael Dobis, Albany College of Pharmacy

2007 Planning Committee

Brandon Kernen NH DES
Octavia Conerly U.S. EPA HQ, Office of Water
Hilary Snook EPA Region I
Nicholas Anastas MA DEP
John Peckenham ME Water Resources Research Center
Heather Pembrook VT DEC, Water Quality Division
Patrick Phillips US Geological Survey
Sarah Dorner MA Water Resources Research Center, UMass Amherst
William McDowell NH Water Resources Research Center
Lloyd Wilson NYS DOH
Patrick Palmer NYS DOH
Scott Stoner NYS DEC
Sarah Peters NEIWPCC
Terri Goldberg NEWMOA