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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Protecting the Great Lakes from Pharmaceutical Pollution

Protecting the Great Lakes from Pharmaceutical Pollution

The Great Lakes provide drinking water, recreation and industry to more than 40 million people in eight states and two Canadian provinces. Recent tests have found very low levels of pharmaceuticals in Lake Michigan at the water intakes for major metropolitan centers like Chicago and Milwaukee. Testing of drinking water outside the Great Lakes region has found similar results. Although at this time there is no known health risk to people at the low levels detected, the presence of pharmaceutical pollution nonetheless represents an emerging concern that should be addressed now to protect public health.

(pdf document, 23 pp)


Great Lakes Alliance

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March 2009

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