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Ongoing project 2015-2016

Non-target screening of point-sources in city areas in Nordic countries

The project steering group has decided to have a non-targeted screening of possible environmental pollutant in selected samples from point-sources in cities in 2015. The following Nordic countries and self-governing areas are included in the project: Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland.

The method 'non-target screening' is a technique that can identify environmental pollutants without a preceding selection of the compounds of interest. The Nordic screening group wants to use the non-target screening method to discover emerging pollutants in the Nordic environment- impact both from small cities as in Greenland and larger cities as in Sweden. The result is expected to be used for later targeted studies and in international chemical regulation processes like REACH and the Stockholm POP convention.

Planned sampling in different countries

 Country Effluent Fish* Sediment TOTAL
 Denmark 1 1 1 3
 Faroe Islands 1 1 1 3
 Finland 1 1 1 3
 Greenland 1 1 1 3
 Iceland 1 1 1 3
 Norway 1 1 1 3
 Sweden 1 1 1 3
 TOTAL    21

*The fish samples consists of pooled liver samples of 5 fish, and the pools will be prepared by the laboratory.

Our aim will be to have as many environmental pollutants as possible identified in each sample, including as minimum per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds and bisphenols.

The project is carried out by a consortium consisting of Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) and Umeå University (in Sweden).

The report from the screening project will be finished in 2016.

For more information contact: Maria Dam, mariad@us.fo