The Changing Landscape of Environmental Contaminants

The number and kind of contaminants that affect our environment are continually changing due to the evolving nature of contaminant sources, such as hormones, plastics, pharmaceuticals, fuel additives, industrial additives, and other materials. To stay abreast of new environmental threats, BEI Senior Project Manager John Hernandez recently completed a Montclair State University course on Emerging Contaminants, the term for natural or man-made substances that threaten the public health and safety but as yet have no associated health standards or guidelines. The course focused on the characterization of environmental contaminants and the latest remediation developments for addressing them, as well as current environmental regulations in New Jersey and in U.S. EPA Region 2.