Archive of wca's blogs from 2009

Thresholds of Toxicological Concern for Endocrine Active Substances in the Aquatic Environment

December 10, 2009 by Mark Crane

A forthcoming paper by Mel, me and several other colleagues in January’s issue of the SETAC journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management looks at use of…
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Bioavailability based standards for metals are practical and accessible tools for regulators and stakeholders

December 4, 2009 by Adam Peters

The Environment Agency recently published a report by Graham, Bruce Brown and me on the use of biotic ligand models to help implement environmental quality standards…
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Evidence that population level chemical impacts can sometimes be reversed

November 28, 2009 by David Taylor

Society is right to be very concerned when chemical use leads to deleterious environmental effects, particularly where the impact is on a whole population as opposed to…
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How to identify an endocrine disrupting compound

November 26, 2009 by Melanie Gross

Although several pieces of legislation have set out stricter criteria for the approval or authorisation of chemicals with endocrine disrupting properties, the…
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Announcing the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Pharmacy

November 21, 2009 by David Taylor

Following the success of the first conference in 2008, a second event with the theme “Incentives and Perspectives” has now been announced. The conference will take…
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wca further enhance their capability in contaminated land and waste recycling

November 17, 2009 by wca Staff

wca environment have further enhanced their capabilities in the risk assessment of contaminated land and waste recycling with the recruitment of Ed Stutt (previously…
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Derivation and Use of Environmental Quality and Human Health Standards for Chemical Substances in Water and Soil

November 13, 2009 by Mark Crane

A book on Environmental Quality Standards, edited by Graham, Dawn and me has just been published by CRC Press.
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Beyond Regulation: Risk Pricing & Responsible Innovation

October 16, 2009 by David Taylor

Richard Owen from the University of Westminster together with their colleagues, Trevor Maynard & David Baxter from the Emerging Risks Team at Lloyds, and Mike Depledge…
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UK develops nanotechnology strategy

August 22, 2009 by Mark Crane

The UK government has started a wide ranging debate on its strategy for nanotechnologies.
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A Pragmatic Approach to the Precautionary Principle

August 17, 2009 by David Taylor

Most people agree that “it is better to be safe than sorry” and this is often used as a justification for the application of the Precautionary Principle
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Computational approaches under REACH

August 17, 2009 by Mark Crane

Albania, Melanie and I were recently asked to contribute an article to a special supplement of Chemisty Today dedicated to REACH. REACH (Registration, Evaluation,…
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“Is Sustainable Development Sustainable” – An Economist Debate

July 6, 2009 by sustainable development

An interesting live debate is currently underway at the Economist web-site. Two statements for and against the motion are already posted. You can add your own…
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DEFRA Chemical Stakeholder Forum

June 29, 2009 by David Taylor

David Taylor has been appointed to represent the Royal Society of Chemistry on the Chemical Stakeholder Forum (CSF
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Towards Green Pharmacy

June 16, 2009 by David Taylor

wca environment is working with a number of clients in the pharmaceutical sector to incorporate environmental sustainability into their forward business projections.…
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How to assess the toxicity of mixtures

June 16, 2009 by Peter Simpson

This week I’ve been sent back to school to learn all about the latest techniques to understand, model and predict the toxicity of mixtures. Is the toxicity of a mixture…
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Sustainable Development & Production of Human Pharmaceuticals

June 15, 2009 by David Taylor

The research pharmaceutical industry is approaching environmental sustainability in two ways. Firstly by minimising its environmental footprint by increasing the…
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Metals risk assessment at SETAC 2009

June 3, 2009 by Graham Merrington

Today’s key sessions on environmental risk assessment included an outline of the guidance document on setting EQS for metals for the Water Framework Directive and how…
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wca at SETAC Goteborg 2009

May 27, 2009 by Graham Merrington

wca will be at the SETAC Europe Goteborg Meeting next week in Sweden (31 May to 4th of June). If you’re going to be there drop by our stand and have a chat.
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Programme for the 2nd International Conference on Sustainable Pharmacy

December 16, 2009 by David Taylor

The finalised programme for this meeting is now available here . The meeting opens with a discussion on how to approach the vision of Sustainable Pharmacy.
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