The Implications of Oestrogenic Substances in the Environment
ISBN: 1 84057 046 6
There is increasing scientific and public concern about the potential effects of oestrogenic compounds in the environment on male reproductive health. Research in the UK has shown that male fish exposed to sewage effluents appear to undergo biochemical changes normally found only in sexually mature females. This has led to public fears regarding possible contamination of drinking water with oestrogens, as a consequence of indirect re- use of water. This report critically reviews the available evidence for a possible link between oestrogenic substances and reproductive disorders and the relevance of these findings to the Water Industry. It concludes that the data are sufficient to require that the subject be taken seriously, but insufficient to suggest that major changes in pollution legislation and control should be precipitated. Recommendations on further research are given.
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