Silent Spring Institute Research Update

September 4, 2013

How can we protect cape drinking water? 
New research motivates innovative wastewater plans

Progress in breast cancer prevention research

DATE:
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 

WHERE:
12:00–1:30 p.m.
Barnstable Town Hall, 2nd Floor Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis
(Lunch will be served)

WHO:
Laurel Schaider, PhD, Research Scientist, Silent Spring Institute
Ann Maguirefirst president and co-founder of Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and co-founder of Silent Spring Institute
John K. Erban, MD, Clinical Director, Tufts Medical Center Cancer Center; and Silent Spring Institute Board of Directors

Recent findings and next steps for Silent Spring Institute study of contaminants of emerging concern in Cape Cod groundwater

Previous studies by Silent Spring Institute have shown pharmaceuticals, consumer product chemicals, and other contaminants of emerging concern in Cape Cod drinking water and groundwater. With funding from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Institute researchers recently completed a study that synthesized existing information about contaminants of emerging concern in septic system discharges and used these results to estimate contaminant inputs into watersheds and areas that recharge drinking water wells on Cape Cod. Starting this fall, Silent Spring Institute will be conducting a new study of contaminants of emerging concern in eco-toilets, a sustainable, low-cost approach being considered to treat wastewater and address nutrient pollution on the Cape. These studies are especially important now because Cape Cod is debating wastewater management options to address nutrient pollution into sensitive ecosystems, and these decisions have long-term implications for protection of drinking water quality.

Silent Spring Institute’s contributions to breast cancer prevention research

Ann Maguire, an advocate for women's health and first president and co-founder of Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and co-founder of Silent Spring Institute, will describe Silent Spring Institute’s close ties with MBCC and the importance of the Institute’s ongoing contributions to addressing local environmental health and water quality concerns.

Dr. John Erban, an internationally-recognized expert in breast cancer treatment and a member of Silent Spring Institute’s Board of Directors, will describe Silent Spring’s role in advancing our understanding of preventable causes of breast cancer and the Institute’s contributions to breast cancer prevention research. Silent Spring Institute is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to breast cancer prevention research. Silent Spring’s research has been cited as foundational in three major national reports on links between the environment and cancer, and specifically breast cancer.