Efficacy of an advanced sewage treatment plant in southeast Queensland, Australia, to remove estrogenic chemicals

Leusch, Frédéric D. L., Chapman, Heather F., Korner, Wolfgang, Gooneratne, S. Ravi and Tremblay, Louis A. (2005) Efficacy of an advanced sewage treatment plant in southeast Queensland, Australia, to remove estrogenic chemicals. Environmental Science & Technology, 39 15: 5781-5786. doi:10.1021/es0484303


Author Leusch, Frédéric D. L.
Chapman, Heather F.
Korner, Wolfgang
Gooneratne, S. Ravi
Tremblay, Louis A.
Title Efficacy of an advanced sewage treatment plant in southeast Queensland, Australia, to remove estrogenic chemicals
Journal name Environmental Science & Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-936X
Publication date 2005-08-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1021/es0484303
Volume 39
Issue 15
Start page 5781
End page 5786
Total pages 6
Place of publication Washington, D. C., U.S.A.
Publisher American Chemical Society
Language eng
Subject 1002 Environmental Biotechnology
0599 Other Environmental Sciences
Abstract The estrogenicity profile of domestic sewage during treatment at a medium-sized (3800 EP) advanced biological nutrient removal plant in Queensland, Australia, was characterized using a sheep estrogen receptor binding assay (ERBA) and the MCF-7 breast cancer cell proliferation assay (E-Screen). The raw influent was highly estrogenic (20-54 ng/L EEq), and primary treatment resulted in a slight increase in estrogenicity that was detected in one of the assays (6-80 ng/L). Concurrent chemical analysis suggested that most of the estrogenicity in the influent was due to natural hormones (> 48%). Secondary activated sludge treatment followed by nitrification/denitrification effectively removed > 95% of the estrogenic activity (to < 0.75-2.6 ng/L), and estrogenicity of the final tertiary-treated effluent was below the detection limit of both assays (< 0.75 ng/L).
Keyword Engineering, Environmental
Environmental Sciences
Waste-water Treatment
Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
Medaka Oryzias-latipes
E-screen Assay
In-vitro
Activated-sludge
Treatment Works
Stw Effluent
Vivo
Identification
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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