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NBC News: "Gas Station Spills Could Pollute Water by Drips and Drops: Study"

FSPH Environmental Health Sciences associate professor Dr. Yifang Zhu shares with NBCNews.com her insight on a study about the cumulative pollutive effects of gas station spills.
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Thursday, October 9, 2014
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NBC News Science/Environment -- The dribbles and drops of gas splattering onto the ground at your local filling station could contaminate your water, a new study suggests.

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Hilpert’s study has highlighted a new way that contaminants might be getting into the water supply, said Yifang Zhu, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“I think it’s is clearly an environmental health issue,” Zhu said, who also called it “an understudied area."

“I think the novelty of this study is that it has presented some interesting exposure pathways that weren’t well perceived by the regulators at this point.”

Neither expert had suggestions for regulators who want to fix the problem.

“But there is something we can do every day without additional resources or regulatory authorities: Be careful not to spill when you pump your gas,” Zhu said.

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