The Black Mountain Declaration on Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs)
On 23rd November 2007, a workshop assembly of researchers, policy makers, regulators, water suppliers and research investors met to discuss the matter of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs) in Australian waters. The meeting took place at Black Mountain immediately following a 2-day symposium focussing on the broader issue of chemical contaminants in water. The Black Mountain Declaration was intended to inform a wider audience of researchers, policy makers, regulators, water suppliers, research investors and the general public regarding current expert opinion on the matter of EDCs in Australia.
- In-stream measurements of EDCs across Eastern Australia showed levels comparable to Europe, making it imperative that this issue be addressed at a national level.
- Given the ultimate importance of reproductive success to species survival, vastly improved knowledge of the impact of EDCs on Australian wildlife is crucial.
- A lack of sound scientific data on EDC effects in Australian environments may jeopardise reuse and recycle water initiatives for environmental flows and drinking water.
- Given the observed susceptibility of other species and the ultimate importance of protecting public health, a precautionary approach towards minimising unnecessary exposure to EDCs in water, food and air is warranted.
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