Independant Proof of Polution

In The Nature Park De La Marjal and Rice Fields

 

For years we in Pro Monte Pego have been concerned by the impact that the on going dispute sited by Pego and Denia Townhall is having.

 

Now we have been shocked to discover published scientific studies with evidence of pollution of the rice fields and Nature Park.

 

It's not just the obvious pollution, the plastic and untreated waters but the hidden dangers of drugs that we need to be concerned about. The question is "Why has nothing been done about it". 

 

On the 8th October 2018 Pro Monte Pego presented a petition to the Eu Parliment. Please see our Latest News page for more information.

 

All of the following has been found by simply searching the Internet.

 

Proof Of Polution - Pharaceutical

 

Published in the Science of The Total Enviroment, Volume 440, 2012, ages 24-32, ISSN 0048-9697,

 

The study Risk assessment on the presence of pharmaceuticals in sediments, soils and waters of the Pego–Oliva Marshlands (Valencia, eastern Spain),

 

Highlights

  • The occurrence of 17 pharaceutical in the water, sediment and soils.
  • 100% of the waters, 94% of sedients and 96% of agricultural soils were polluted.
  • The most frequent pharmaceuticals were codeine and ibuprofen in water and carbamazepine and acetaminophen in soil/seidment.
  • Diffusion of codine and fluoroquinolones to deeper soil horizons, was observed.
  • Risk for the lower trophic levels and fishes was established.
  • Nevertheless, the presence of pharmaceuticals in the enviroment is not limited only to an ecological problem since contamination also affects drinking water, being a potential risk to human health.

The studies authors are

 

Pablo Vazquez-Roig, Cristina Blasco, Yolanda Picó,

Food and Environmental Safety Research Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia

&

Vicente Andreu,

Research Centre of Desertification-CIDE (CSIC-UV-GV),


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969712011205
 

Proof Of Polution - Pharaceutical and Heavy Metals

 

Published in the Science of The Total Enviroment, Volume 540, 1 January 2016, pages 278-286.

 

The study Presence of pharmaceuticals and heavy metals in sediments, soils and waters of the Pego–Oliva Marshlands (Valencia, eastern Spain),

 

Highlights

  • 17 pharmaceuticals and 7 heavy metals were studied.
  • Codeine, ibuprofen and acetaminophen showed the higher frequency of detection.
  • Potential interactions of Ni, Co and Cu with different pharmaceuticals were observed.
  • The studued compounds presented differences regarding water and land uses.

 

The studies authors are

 

Pablo Vazquez-Roig, Yolanda Picó,

Food and Environmental Safety Research Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia

 

E. Gimeno-Garcia

Fundación General Universidad de Valencia, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación

 

J.A Pascual

Landscape Chemistry and Environmental Forensics Group, Centro de Investigaciones sobre Desertificación

&

Vicente Andreu,

Research Centre of Desertification-CIDE (CSIC-UV-GV),

 

Proof Of Polution - Illicit Drugs

 

Published in Environmental science and pollution research international19(4):971-82  May 2012

 

The study Spatial distribution of illicit drugs in surface waters of the natural park of Pego-Oliva Marsh (Valencia, Spain).

 

Highlights

  • Samples were collected at 23 sites from the main irrigation channels and the marsh.
  • The drugs detected included
    • Methylenedioxymethamphetamine
    • Ketamine
    • Morphine
    • Benzoylecgonine
    • Cocaine
    • Methadone
    • Acetylmorphine
    • Carboxy-tetrahydrocannabinol
  • The highest concentrations were in the north of the Pego-Oliva Marsh.
  • The pollution status by illicit drugs of the Pego-Oliva Marsh has been established.

They state "Emerging contaminants from the human pressure, such as pharmaceuticals, illicit drugs and personal care products, are not included in the priority contaminates of the Water Framework Directive yet, and are neither monitored nor controlled. However, pollution of emerging contaminants can threaten the enviroment and even human health.

 

The studies authors are

 

Pablo Vazquez-Roig, Cristina Blasco, Yolanda Picó, Francisco Morillas

Food and Environmental Safety Research Group, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Valencia

&

Vicente Andreu,

Research Centre of Desertification-CIDE (CSIC-UV-GV),

 

 

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