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Emerging Contaminants Consortium

pill capsil with chemical structures pouring out to represent that medicine can contaminante the environmentThe Emerging Contaminants Consortium (formerly PPCPs Consortium) is hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and is open to anyone who is currently conducting research on pharmaceuticals, personal care products, hormones, or other harmful chemicals in the environment in the environment or related topics. Meetings are held 2-3 times per year at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL) in the SJW conference room. Typically meetings are from 10:30 AM to 1 PM and a light lunch is served with time for networking. In addition, one to two short presentations are usually given by consortium members to allow others to learn more about their research. If you are interested in becoming a PPCPs Consortium member, please email Nancy Holm. There is no cost to be a member.

Next Meeting

The next meeting will be held in conjunction with Dr. Mary Turyk's sustainability seminar presentation, whichwill be at noon on "Diabetes and Persistent Organic Pollutant Exposure in a the Great Lakes Fish Consumption Study".


10:30-11:00 – Introductions and formal discussion of research interests
11:00-11:45 – Lunch with seminar speaker and networking

Meeting Archives

Sept. 8, 2016

The fall PPCP consortium meeting was held at ISTC in conjunction with a noontime seminar presented by Dr. Diana Aga, professor in the Dept. of Chemistry at SUNY-Buffalo, entitled "Lessons Learned from Two Decades of Research on Emerging Contaminants."  Attendees had the opportunity to discuss their PPCP interests and research results and do networking before the seminar.

April 4, 2016

The spring PPCP consortium meeting was replaced by the PPCP in the Environment Conference held on April 4, 2016.  The conference was held at the I Hotel in Champaign and featured several keynote speakers and a number of presentations on research, education, and outreach on PPCPs. A synopsis is available in the conference program (PDF).  Approximately 80 people attended the event. 

December 8, 2015

The December 8 meeting included two 20 min. webinar presentations from:

Dr. Ruth Marfil-Vega, research chemist and leader of American Water's Innovation and Environmental Stewardship Group based in East St. Louis, gave a webinar titled, "Overview of American Water's Innovation and Environmental Stewardship Group and its Studies on the Fate of Emerging Contaminants." She provided an overview from different projects being conducted by the American Water's Innovation and Environmental Stewardship Group utilizing a combined approach (using targeted and untargeted analysis) to study the impact of drinking water and wastewater treatment operations on the fate of ECs identified as treatment performance and health base indicators (i.e., sucralose, estradiol, caffeine, triclosan, iopromide, DEET, gemfibrozil, atrazine) and nitrosamines (unregulated disinfection by-products).

Dr. Helen Goeden from MN Dept. of Health presented a talk titled, "Minnesota Department of Health's Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern Program." Dr. Goeden gave an overview of Minnesota Dept. of Health's program activities including their chemical review process for developing human health-based drinking water guidance and their special pharmaceutical project.

September 24, 2015

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Dr. Wei Zheng of ISTC presented "Emerging Contaminants in the Environment: Extending Knowledge and Mitigation Strategies." More information about Dr. Zheng’s research and other PPCP research being conducted at ISTC, please visit the PPCPs in the Environment research portal.

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