Pharmaceutical & Personal Care Products in the Environment Consortium Meeting

The Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products Consortium is hosted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and is open to anyone who is conducting research on pharmaceuticals, personal care products, and/or hormones in the environment or related topics. Meetings are held quarterly at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL) in the SJW conference room. The next meeting will be on Dec. 8 from 11 AM to 1 PM and a light lunch will be served with time for networking. If you are interested in attending the Dec. 8th meeting or learning more about the consortium, please email Nancy Holm ( There is no cost to attend.


December’s meeting will include 20 min. webinar presentations from:

  • Dr. Ruth Marfil-Vega from American Water with a talk titled, “Overview of American Water’s Innovation and Environmental Stewardship Group and its Studies on the Fate of Emerging Contaminants.” Combined application of targeted chemical analysis (by gas or liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry) with modern analytical techniques based on advanced mass spectrometry, such as quadruple-time of flight, into environmental monitoring provides insightful information to environmental specialists to determine the behavior of the ever-growing list of emerging (ECs) and other unregulated contaminants (i.e. pharmaceuticals, personal care products, pesticides, disinfection by-products)  throughout water treatment. 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) will be provided.
  • Dr. Helen Goeden from MN Dept. of Health with a talk titled, “Minnesota Department of Health’s Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern Program.” Dr. Goeden will give 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.