Common Anti-Bacterial Compound Found in Waterways

Posted at: 01/22/2013 10:41 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - New research shows a compound found in popular anti-bacterial soaps, cosmetics and toothpastes is creating toxins in Minnesota lakes and rivers.

University of Minnesota scientists studied the sediment in eight lakes of various sizes and found amounts of the antibiotic triclosan and its derivatives have been steadily increasing.
The research was published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Science and Technology. The study's lead author, William Arnold, says it's important for people to know that the products they use in their homes every day can have an impact on the environment. Arnold says the research should help chemical manufacturers understand the potential long-term effects of triclosan.
Arnold tells ABC 6 that among the 8 bodies of water, one was south of the metro.  Researchers studied Lake Pepin in Goodhue/Wabasha counties.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration are studying the effects of triclosan on animal and environmental health.
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