EPA Taps UA Engineering's Snyder for Drinking Water Expertise

UA chemical and environmental engineering professor Shane Snyder is lending his expertise to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and in the process giving the Southwest's unique water issues a national forum.

Snyder, co-director of the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants and a member of the UA's BIO5 Institute, will be working with an EPA Science Advisory Board committee that answers directly to EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson on policies that keep drinking water safe for everyone in the nation.

Snyder is also a joint professor of soil, water, and environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

"Dr. Snyder's nationally recognized expertise in drinking water issues, and his focus on the identification, fate, and health relevance of emerging water pollutants, will be a great asset to the SAB Drinking Water Committee," said Vanessa Vu, director of the EPA Science Advisory Board staff office.

"This is a tremendous honor, to be invited and chosen," Snyder said of the three-year appointment, adding that it also is an opportunity to advise the agency on water issues specific to the arid Southwest. "The water needs of this part of the country are different from the rest of the nation," he said.

UA professor of chemical and environmental engineering and EPA advisor Shane Snyder discovered in 1998 that estrogens and pharmaceuticals were common contaminants in North American waters. His research has been hailed as the first in the U.S. to link the presence of trace steroids to reproductive problems in fish.

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