Tool Predicts Environmental Impact of Down-the-Drain Consumer Products


A web-based tool developed by the American Cleaning Institute (ACI) can help product manufacturers, regulators and researchers more precisely forecast levels of down-the-drain chemicals in streams and rivers.

A study published in the journal Science of The Total Environment (Volumes 518–519, 15 June 2015, Pages 302–309) describes how use of ACI’s iSTREEM model can lead to “a series of practical and powerful tools” for building realistic exposure models to predict chemical concentrations in U.S. waterways.

The research described how iSTREEM can be used to predict the environmental concentrations of down-the-drain chemicals such as pharmaceuticals and compounds used in formulated consumer products, like cosmetics and cleaning products, across a large geographic scale for a variety of chemical characteristics and stream flow scenarios.


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