Plastic, One of Many Contaminants of Concern in Drinking Water – Focus of White House Research Initiative

On August 5, 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a report, titled “National Emerging Contaminants Research Initiative (NECRI),” which focuses on drinking water – The report “… outlines a Federal strategy to address critical research gaps related to detecting and assessing emerging contaminants in drinking water …” – Contaminants of emerging concern [CECs] are “… newly identified or reemerging manufactured or naturally occurring … materials that may cause adverse effects to human health or the environment and do not currently have a national primary DW regulation … Major sources of CECs include everyday consumer products (e.g. plastics …) … These substances and the chemicals that result from their transformation (e.g., degradation) by biotic and abiotic processes can be released into the environment and into the DW cycle … Over the next year, OSTP will work with Federal partners to develop the necessary programs, policies, and budgets to support the implementation of this initiative …” #SingleUsePlastic #PlasticWaste #DrinkingWater #MicroPlastics @WhiteHouse