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Scientists gather to discuss unknown contaminants

February 10, 2012
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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Scientists gathered in St. Paul, Minn. recently to discuss an unidentified category of pollution that has yet to be named because not enough is known about them, according to Minnesota Public Radio News.

It is not yet clear whether the contaminants are harmful to the environment or human health, but researchers are afraid they could flourish in wastewater treatment plants, stated the article.

“The idea is the bad bacteria generally die off,” said Amy Pruden, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech. “But the good bacteria are flourishing, and might be able pick up that genetic material, and then propagate it, and then it becomes a reservoir, and increases just the whole background pool of resistance that can go out in the environment and be a potential source of exposure.”

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