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EU Parliament adds 12 substances to water pollution priority list; 3 pharmaceuticals placed on watch list

6:57 AM MDT | July 3, 2013 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez

The European Parliament (Brussels) has added 12 chemicals to the EU list of substances known to pose a pollution risk to surface waters, following a vote on 2 July, the parliament announced. Three pharmaceuticals, for the first time, will also be included in a "watch list" of emerging pollutants that could one day be placed on the priority list. The new law acknowledges the risks posed by the three widely used pharmaceuticals—the hormonal preparations 17-alphaethinylestradiol and 17-beta-estradiol, and the painkiller Diclofenac—and...

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