Texas Tech Law Professor Discusses Micropollutants in Freshwater Systems
May 11, 2010
By: Leslie Cranford
Director of water policy center will address symposium in D.C.
While concerns grow over pharmaceuticals and other pollutants in America’s water
supply, one Texas Tech University water law expert is providing a database of information
and analyses of law and policy on the subject.
Gabriel Eckstein, director of the Texas Tech University Center for Water Law and Policy
Center at the Texas Tech School of Law, will give a status update on a three-year
EPA-funded project, studying pharmaceuticals, personal care products and other micropollutants
in freshwater systems and focusing on related policy questions.
During his speech at the “Symposium on Land-Based Threats to Waters: Recent Trends,
from Nutrients to Pharmaceuticals,” Eckstein will unveil the
Micropollutants Clearinghouse website, a publically accessible research resource on
the legal, regulatory, institutional, policy and related scientific aspects of micropollutants
in freshwater systems. The database will include documents, reports, information,
analyses, articles and other materials.
The online resource is one of three aspects of the EPA-funded project, which is in
its final stages. The other components are a field study in Lubbock, Texas, looking
at micropollutants coming out of Lubbock’s wastewater treatment process; and, law
and policy analysis related to micropollutants in freshwater systems.
The symposium is noon-4 p.m. Thursday (May 13) in the Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
at the George Washington University Law School.
Eckstein can be reached while in Washington, D.C., at (806) 441-7172.