Researchers Develop Environmentally-Friendly Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Water

September 13th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Researchers Develop Environmentally-Friendly Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Water)

Researchers Develop Environmentally-Friendly Method of Removing Pharmaceuticals from Water

The presence of pharmaceutical compounds in water supplies has been well documented for several decades, but the exact threat posed and recommended responses have been debated just as long. The health impact on humans and wildlife remains a concern for many scientists and policy makers. Unfortunately, the water treatment and sewage systems are not currently able to address this contamination. However, researchers are developing new methods to test and treat water. A promising new technique has been developed in which “supermolecules” detect and remove pharmaceuticals from water, leading to potential implications for improved and on-site water treatment.

A growing problem

Researchers are exploring the extent to which pharmaceuticals are found in the water supply; however, it is clear that this is an emergent issue. People often dispose of leftover pharmaceuticals down the drain, rather than through local drop-off collection programs or in a safe manner at home. Hospitals are also a source of pharmaceuticals that appear in municipal wastewater. In addition, individuals often only metabolize a portion of the drugs they ingest, meaning that some of the compounds are ultimately expelled into the sewage system, though removal proves difficult. In fact, in a 2013 study, the International Joint Commission determined that only half of prescription drugs in sewage were removed by treatment plants. Ultimately, the water treatment and septic systems are not equipped to address this source of contamination. Pesticides and herbicides, hormones from contraceptive birth control, beta-blockers, antibiotics, and other pharmaceutical compounds have been discovered in water reservoirs, water treatment plans, and watersheds. Many scientists are concerned about potential contamination of drinking water. The Associated Press also conducted its own independent research and found pharmaceuticals present in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Although these compounds are only present at very low levels, further research is underway to determine the potential effects. In addition, there are concerns that contamination by antibiotics, in particular, may affect people’s health by cultivating an environment where bacteria can develop resistance to antibiotics. The extent of the impact on human health is under study, and there is also emerging evidence that there is an effect on the health of aquatic wildlife. Scientists are noticing that some fish populations have shown abnormalities, including male fish growing female egg cells. This is suspected to be the result of exposure to hormone-disrupting water pollution, including estrogen from birth control pills. Fish wildlife are extremely sensitive to their environments, but this issue does illustrate potential water quality concerns.

Making waves in water testing and treatment

Researchers from the University of Surrey have published research that showcases a new “supermolecule” that can detect and remove pharmaceuticals from water in an effective and environmentally friendly manner. This supermolecule, a derivative of calixarene, interacts with and extracts common pharmaceutical compounds from water. The receptors bind selectively with the pollutant so that they can be removed This method may be applicable to many kinds of materials and compounds. This research is particularly promising because it may potentially allow for on-site water quality monitoring, rather than testing samples in a separate laboratory. In addition, this method may emerge as more cost effective than other technologies, such as ozonation and carbon filtration, which are very expensive. Other promising research and policies include the development of pharmaceuticals that the body better retains, public awareness campaigns on drug disposal options, upgraded water treatment infrastructure, and additional public health research. This is an issue that will not go away anytime soon. A multi-pronged approach will be needed in order to tackle the existing water quality concerns and prevent future contamination.

Invitation | IEA’s World Energy Investment 2017 | 09/19

September 3rd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Invitation | IEA’s World Energy Investment 2017 | 09/19)

The CSIS Energy & National Security Program cordially invites you to:

IEA World Energy Investment 2017


Laszlo Varro

Chief Economist, International Energy Agency

moderated by

Jane Nakano

Senior Fellow, Energy & National Security Program, CSIS

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Center for Strategic & International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

The CSIS Energy & National Security Program is pleased to host Laszlo Varro, Chief Economist at the International Energy Agency (IEA), to discuss the IEA's World Energy Investment 2017. Energy investment in 2016 totaled 1.7 trillion dollars, around 2.2 percent of the global economy. The report covers critical details about energy investment across various energy sectors, sources, and regions. It also includes a special focus on a wide array of topics, including how digitization is impacting investment and employment, global investment in innovation, and the impact of emerging business models. The report assesses the importance of energy policy driving investment into energy efficiency and into facilities that ensure adequate levels of energy security. Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow with the CSIS Energy & National Security Program, will moderate. Click here to register. This event is made possible by general funding to CSIS and the Energy & National Security Program. Copyright © 2017 Center for Strategic & International Studies, All rights reserved. 202-887-0200 | Center for Strategic & International Studies 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036

Could Be Headed Our Way

September 3rd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Could Be Headed Our Way)
Good morning Lisa,
 Gary Howard with the Illinois Plumbing Inspectors Association here.
This design is new from Enware  in Australia.
My concern is that the handles do not meet the IAC requirements for grab bars.
The Flush button requires you to push down.
Grab arms are not fixed to their position.
Gary W. Howard
Certified Illinois Plumbing Inspector
Enware has introduced the CARE601, which includes a freestanding IFO toilet suite with support arms,
raised flush button and toilet seat (with lid). It has been designed for people with movement restriction
caused by disability, aged care or as a result of an injury and is ideal for providing independence, safety
and dignity to both users and carers.
The Enware CARE601 has an easy to grasp design and larger foot print for extra stability. It also has
close coupled cistern assisted backrest, arms that fold out of the way and a purpose built seat with
stainless steel hinges, sideways buffers, colour options and less breakage.

Red Cross Relief – Hurricane Harvey

September 2nd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Red Cross Relief – Hurricane Harvey)
Sponsored by IPIA
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately.
 Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS 
or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
• Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
• The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on with your check.IN-KIND DONATIONS
We know Americans are generous and want to do everything they can to help after a disaster.
 Unfortunately, collecting and sending food, clothing and other household items often does more harm than good. Instead, the best way to support disaster victims is with a financial donation.

Little Known Law

September 2nd, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Little Known Law)
If you, as an inspector or an individual has been fired unduly, then read this! (415 ILCS 5/52) (from Ch. 111 1/2, par. 1052) Sec. 52. (a) No person shall fire, or in any other way discriminate against, or cause to be fired or discriminated against, any employee or any authorized representative of employees by reason of the fact that such employee or representative has filed, instituted, or caused to be filed or instituted any proceeding under this Act, or has testified or is about to testify in any proceeding resulting from the administration or enforcement of the provisions of this Act, or offers any evidence of any violation of this Act. (b) Any employee or a representative of employees who believes that he has been fired or otherwise discriminated against by any person in violation of subsection (a) of this Section may, within 30 days after such alleged violation occurs, apply to the Director of the Department of Labor for a review of such firing or alleged discrimination. A copy of the application shall be sent to such person who shall be the respondent. Upon receipt of such application, the Director of the Department of Labor shall cause such investigation to be made as he deems appropriate. Such investigation shall provide an opportunity for a public hearing at the request of any party to such review to enable the parties to present information relating to such alleged violation. The parties shall be given written notice of the time and place of the hearing at least 5 days prior to the hearing. Upon receiving the report of such investigation, the Director shall make findings of fact. If he finds that such violation did occur, he shall issue a decision, incorporating an order therein of his findings, requiring the party committing such violation to take such affirmative action to abate the violation as the Director deems appropriate, including, but not limited to, the rehiring or reinstatement of the employee or representative of employees to his former position and shall be fully compensated for the time he was unemployed. If he finds that there was no such violation, he shall issue an order denying the application. Such order issued by the Director under this subparagraph shall be subject to judicial review under the Administrative Review Law, and all amendments and modifications thereof. (c) Whenever an order is issued under this Section to abate such violation, at the request of the applicant a sum equal to the aggregate amount of all costs and expenses (including attorney's fees) as determined by the Director to have been reasonably incurred by the applicant for or in connection with the commencement and prosecution of such proceedings shall be assessed against the person committing such violation. (d) This Section shall not apply to any employee who, acting without direction from his employer, or his agents, deliberately fails to comply with any requirement of this Act. (Source: P.A. 83-1079.)

OSHA Fines Plumbing Contractor $714,000 For Breaking Rules After Fatality

August 29th, 2017 | Posted by IPIA Admin in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on OSHA Fines Plumbing Contractor $714,000 For Breaking Rules After Fatality)