Offshore oil industry's oestrogenic discharges

The offshore oil industry is a major but overlooked discharger of alkyl phenol ethoxylates (APEs) - oestrogenic chemicals known to disrupt fish reproduction. Estimates suggest that it may be discharging at least 2,000 tonnes of the compounds a year. Industry sources say that APEs have now been largely phased out, although there are little or no data to support the claim.

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