Occurrence, fate and removal of endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) in Turkish wastewater treatment plants

KOMESLİ O. T. , Muz M., Ak M. S. , BAKIRDERE S., Gokcay C. F.

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING JOURNAL, vol.277, pp.202-208, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 277
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.cej.2015.04.115
  • Page Numbers: pp.202-208


Endocrine disrupting compounds, EDCs, are somewhat recently recognized pollutants which are often classed within 'emerging micropollutants' in the environment jargon. These compounds are known to interfere with the delicate balance of the endocrine system of animals and man, causing variety of undesirable outcomes. Their sources in natural waters are the domestic and industrial effluents. The main cause of concern with EDCs is their tendency to accumulate in fish causing gender shifts and reduced fecundity. Moreover, their possible interference with the water cycle and concurrent effects on the human endocrine system has been implicated. Increased usage of medication and surfactants in the household; pesticides in agriculture have all add up to the inventory of EDCs in the aqueous systems.