“Everybody wants to be safe. But just because we detect a contaminant doesn’t mean it’s harmful. We analyze many factors before deciding whether there is a significant risk, such as the nature of the contaminant, the amount and type of exposure, the response to a particular dosage, and the likelihood of exposure. The principles and processes for understanding risk are well established.”
— Shane Snyder, Ph.D
About Dr. Shane Snyder
Dr. Shane Snyder is a professor in the College of Engineering at the University of Arizona and serves as co-director of the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants, where his research focuses on the identification, fate, and health relevance of emerging water pollutants. In addition to publishing widely on the emerging contaminant analysis, treatment, and toxicology, Dr. Snyder has briefed Congress four times on pharmaceuticals in U.S. waters and related topics. Dr. Snyder served two terms on the federal advisory committee to EPA’s Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and was an invited expert panel member for the development of EPA’s CCL3. Dr. Snyder currently is a member of the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council Committee on Water Reuse and has served two appointments on the California Chemicals of Emerging Concern Expert Panes. As a visiting professor at the National University of Singapore, Dr. Snyder leads research on water reuse technologies and their implications for public health.