In an article published June 30, 2014 by the news provider Western Morning News, journalist Keith Rossiter reports on a new research project investigating the interaction between nanoparticles and polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The researchers from Plymouth University, United Kingdom will use mussels to evaluate nanomaterial’s potential to increase the risks of developing disease in the presence of PAHs. “The combined effect of contaminants has been a burning issue for scientific and regulatory communities, and assessing their potential human impact is crucial to ensure we have measures in place to protect both our health, and that of our environment, while harnessing their potential benefits”, Awadhesh Jha, professor of ecotoxicology at Plymouth University, states in the article. The study will be carried out over a period of three and a half years. PAHs have exemplarily been found to be released into drinking water by the coatings of water distribution systems (previously reported by the FPF).

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Keith Rossiter (June 30, 2014). “Man-made particles could be making your world more dangerous.” Western Morning News.