Breaking barriers with PARC: a discussion on chemical pollution challenges and biodiversity

News

An interesting meeting on soil chemistry in Stockolhm saw the participation of different EU projects working in the same field

Date of publication:
May 6, 2024

From April 22nd to 24th, 2024, in Stockholm, at the premises of Karolinska University, the EU project ‘Partnership for Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC)’ hosted a meeting, gathering over 1000 participants.  Attendees discussed pressing issues regarding chemical pollution, revealing that it contributes to approximately 25% of stress on European rivers. Talks focused on risk assessment and regulation strategies for chemical mixtures, as well as the organization of data within the EU Common Data Platform, with hopes that the PARC initiative will influence decisions on its development.

Particularly notable were discussions related to soil projects like TerraChem, alongside the PARC biodiversity group, which is addressing chemical risks to terrestrial organisms. The event also facilitated networking opportunities, sparking discussions on setting administrative limit values for PFAS total in surface waters and soil, aiming to balance scientific insights with practical implementation in a world already facing pollution challenges.

 

Science-based solutions in times of crisis: ARAGORN flies to Seville for taking part in the discussion

Events

SETAC conference in Seville is at its 34th edition and ARAGORN will be there, presenting its framework

Details:
May 5, 2024 - May 9, 2024
Location:
SETAC Europe 34th annual meeting
FIBES Sevilla Conference & Exhibition Centre

SETAC is the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry based in Seville, Spain, dedicated to advancing environmental science and science-informed decision-making through collaboration, and organizer of the annual SETAC conference.

Partners of ARAGORN will be present at the conference on May 8th, starting from 9.30, to present the project with a poster in the framework of Session 6.03.P – Combining Prospective and Retrospective Soil Risk Assessment – From Predicted Risks Towards Holistic Approaches by Integrating Monitoring Results.

This is a powerful opportunity for ARAGORN to promote its objectives and propose Achieving Remediation And Governing Restoration of contaminated soils Now. ARAGORN will present its framework starting from the identification of contaminated sites and introducing a decision-making tree to identify remediation and restoration strategies, all of this under the umbrella of EU Soil Mission Strategy.

The conference has a very rich programme and will host several panels focused on how to integrate science and policy for environmental challenges.  Topics will cover environmental and human toxicology, exposure assessment analysis, human health risks, LCA and environmental policy, which are all topics also strictly related to ARAGORN.

 

From Japan to Sweden: an intercontinental view on how to discuss approaches to soil pollution

News

A Japanese delegation came to visit Örebro University to discuss strategies on polluted sites and remediation actions

Date of publication:
Mar 5, 2024

ARAGORN welcomed a delegation from Japan comprising experts on PFAS contamination and representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Environment and ACG, a PFAS producer,

The visit aimed to foster knowledge exchange on European approaches to monitoring, remediating, and communicating risks associated with PFAS-contaminated soil sites. With Japan facing significant challenges concerning PFAS contamination in military and industrial areas, the delegation expressed keen interest in learning from European practices.

Discussions highlighted key areas of collaboration, including mapping polluted sites and drawing parallels for analysis strategies for combined sets of methods, group methods and suspect screening methods.

Participants also had the opportunity to observe and discuss instrumentation and acquisition methods for suspect screening at Örebro, gaining valuable insights into cutting-edge techniques in PFAS detection and analysis.

As part of the visit, delegates toured the hazardous waste facility at FORTUM, where discussions centered on the removal of PFAS and other contaminants from process water. The group explored potential emissions from destruction and remediation sites, underscoring the project’s commitment to addressing environmental challenges comprehensively.

ARAGORN remains dedicated to international collaboration and knowledge sharing to tackle PFAS pollution effectively. The visit marks a significant step forward fostering global partnerships and advancing solutions for environmental sustainability.