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Seminar on Screening of Emerging environmental pollutants with special emphasis on Arctic

In the days 11 and 12 October, a selected group of new and senior scientists gathered to inform about and discuss the latest news in the area of emerging environmental pollutants. The seminar participants were experts mainly on emerging contaminants, where the term emerging in this instance hints to the fact that these compounds or groups of compounds are not widely recognised as pollutants although they may not have been recently produced.

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Ongoing project (2015-2016): Non-target screening of point-sources in city areas in Nordic countries

The ongoing project of the steering group is a non-targeted screening of possible environmental pollutant in selected samples from point-sources in cities. 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. Samples from effluent water of WWTP, fish and sediment were collected in each country. 

The aim is 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