Pharmaceuticals Added to Pollution Watchlist

Considering that it’s been reported globally for many years that pharmaceutical drugs –particularly the widely popular, often prescribed, marginally helpful kinds — are polluting water bodies at significant levels and affecting amphibian health and fish behaviours, it’s as much disturbing as it is encouraging that the European Commission has finally started “watching” three particular drugs.

For the first time, the European Commission (EC) has included pharmaceutical compounds in a list of chemicals thought to pose a risk to the safety of surface water.

The EC made the announcement as it added 12 new substances to its priority list of 33 known pollutants in the latest amendment to the 2000 Water Framework Directive, which governs how river, lake and coastal waters are monitored and how emissions into them controlled across the EU.