Drug firms oppose an EU call for controls on potent chemicals that have been blamed for the gender mutation of freshwater fish (£30bn bill to purify water system after toxic impact of contraceptive pill http://t.co/o4yNvmMF...)...
Water and pharmaceutical companies dispute the science involved and argue the costs are prohibitive.
By contrast, many environmental researchers say the proposal is sound. Ethinyl estradiol (EE2), the main active ingredient of contraceptive pills, can trigger a condition known as intersex in freshwater fish, which has caused significant drops in populations in many species – although no links have yet been made with human health.
"That does not mean we will not find impacts in future," said toxicologist Professor Richard Owen of Exeter University. "But do we want to wait until we see effects in humans, as we did with thalidomide and BSE, or do we act before harm is done?"