RMP Study in the News: “Dog and cat flea treatments suspected of polluting San Francisco Bay”
Nov 8, 2017
As a result of summary information presented in the latest Pulse of the Bay (see below), the San Jose Mercury News published an article based on a RMP study of pesticide movement through Bay Area wastewater treatment plants. Fipronil is an insecticide that is of moderate concern for the Bay because levels in sediment are in the range of toxicity thresholds for freshwater aquatic life (limited toxicity data are available for estuarine or marine species). The RMP study identified spot-on flea control products as likely to be an important source of this contaminant to the Bay, and one that has received very little study. The Mercury News article featured interviews with Becky Sutton, Jennifer Teerlink, and Tom Mumley, and has made Becky’s cat, Omar Littlecat, a celebrity.
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Bay Regional Monitoring Program
Contaminants of Emerging Concern