Title: Inventory of awareness, approaches and policy Insight in emerging contaminants in Europe 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> report 
Country: European Union 
Language(s): English
 
Year: 2018 
Author 1/Producer: Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands 
Other Authors/Producers: Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Report/Document number/description: Project code; RW2034-1 
Publisher Country: European Union 
Publisher web link (root): https://www.emergingcontaminants.eu/
Report / download web link (=direct link): https://www.emergingcontaminants.eu/application/files/4014/5 ...  
Format (e.g. PDF): PDF 
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Others
Contaminated land-->Contaminated land overview
Contaminated land-->stats, registers, inventories etc
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Hydrocarbons
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Pesticides
 
Short description: The group of Emerging Contaminants (EC) is very diverse, for example in terms of toxicity, behaviour and waste water treatment or remediation techniques. The last decade more than 2100 scientific studies have shown that EC pose a potential risk to humans, plants and/or animals. There is, however, a lack of knowledge about the factual situation and risks in the soil, sediment and groundwater system. Also the policy approaches in different countries are not well known. Hence the scale of the environmental problem caused by these contaminants in soil, groundwater and sediments is unclear. This report focuses on man-made EC which are already present in the compartments of the soil, groundwater and sediment.  
Long description: The main conclusion of the inventory we have carried out is that EU member states should work together to develop the best approach for EC in soil, groundwater and sediments. Based on a joint strategy to share knowledge and expertise , it is most effective to work together on an international level with all stakeholders. This gives the advantage of commitment from all stakeholders. Determining where and in what concentrations ECs are present in the soil, groundwater and sediment should be the first step to get a better overview about the extent of this topic. This step should give also the answer to questions as: Which ECs are relevant for our country or region? Where are possible sources and what are the pathways of ECs in soil, groundwater. Subsequently the true environmental and human risks can be determined with the results of this step. Adequate strategies and effective solutions can only be developed when this practical information is available. Based on expert judgment it is expected that the risks are most acute near contaminated hotspots. Those hotspots are easier to remediate or to manage, instead of plumes with contaminated groundwater. Based on this inventory our opinion is to focus on an (international) approach initially. 
Link to Project(s): Emerging Contaminants Emerging Contaminants Inventory on Policy and Legislation in Europe
 
Submitted By: Professor Paul Bardos WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 10/09/2018