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Assessing the impact of wastewater treatment works effluent on downstream water quality

July 21, 2022 by Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner and three colleagues from the UKWIR Chemicals Investigation Programme (CIP) have recently published a paper – summarising river quality obtained by this nationwide monitoring programme over the…
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SETAC-Copenhagen 2022: Topical discussion on the European Commissions Chemical Strategy for Sustainability

May 30, 2022 by Adam Peters

I moderated a topical discussion at SETAC Copenhagen on the European Commissions Chemical Strategy for Sustainability and how it relates to metals with Steve Lofts (CEH), Chris Cooper (IZA), and…
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SETAC-Copenhagen 2022: Investigating endocrine-disrupting properties of chemicals

May 24, 2022 by Grace Panter

Last week I attended the session on “Investigating endocrine-disrupting properties of chemicals: developments and challenges towards new approach methodologies (NAMs)”, at SETAC-Copenhagen. It was great to be at a conference, in…
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wca at SETAC Europe 2022

May 16, 2022 by Iain Wilson

wca are long standing partners of SETAC Europe. As in previous years, we have a major presence at the 32nd Annual SETAC Europe Meeting to be held in Copenhagen.
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New publication; An assessment of the EU-wide risk of Nickel to surface waters

May 9, 2022 by Graham Merrington

Adam, Iain, and Graham have recently published a Critical Perspectives article in ET&C with colleagues from NiPERA. The article examines the new approach produced by the European Commission to Deselect…
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New paper published on the concentrations of contaminants in sewage effluents

April 14, 2022 by Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner and two colleagues from the UKWIR Chemicals Investigation Programme (CIP) have recently published a paper – summarising data obtained by this nationwide monitoring programme over the last ten…
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Manuscript on the assessment of secondary poisoning by the pharmaceutical diclofenac

March 18, 2022 by Dean Leverett

A few weeks ago Adam and Graham had a manuscript on the assessment of secondary poisoning by the pharmaceutical diclofenac accepted for publication by the Journal Environmental Sciences Europe. The paper considers the…
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Do you still hold a NONS notification?

February 16, 2022 by Rhiannon Smith

The Dangerous Substance Directive was the pre-cursor to REACH in the EU and notifications made under this Directive were known as NONS (‘Notification Of New Substances’). Currently, NONS notifications for…
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Recent Publication on Implementing Bioavailability

February 10, 2022 by Adam Peters

A lack of monitoring data for Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC) is often a limiting factor in implementing bioavailability-based Environmental Quality Standards for trace metals such as copper, nickel, and…
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SETAC Technical Workshop; Criteria for Reporting and Evaluating Exposure Datasets (CREED)

January 31, 2022 by Graham Merrington

A SETAC Technical Workshop aimed at developing Criteria for Reporting and Evaluating Exposure Datasets (CREED) began, virtually, at the end of January. This follows on from the development…
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Bioavailability Implementation Guidance

January 20, 2022 by Adam Peters

Iain, Graham, and Adam have been working on helping environmental regulators to implement bioavailability based Environmental Quality Standards for metals for some years. One of the key tools for doing…
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UK REACH: First registration deadline to be extended and new model proposed

December 16, 2021 by Lucy Kennelly

Under UK REACH, all companies producing or importing substances into Great Britain at ≥ 1 tonne per annum must submit a registration to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
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New paper published on the EQS derivation for Diclofenac

December 8, 2021 by Dean Leverett

Dean, Graham and Iain have just published: Environmental quality standards for diclofenac derived under the European Water Framework Directive: 1. Aquatic organisms in Environmental Sciences Europe. The paper focuses…
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SETAC North America Special Session: Regulatory Update: Metals in the Environment

November 17, 2021 by Graham Merrington

Graham presented in a session at SETAC North America SciCon4 yesterday on Regulatory Update: Metals in the Environment. Christine Bergeron (USEPA) presented on the current activities in regard to…
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The DUIN deadline has passed – what are my next steps?

November 15, 2021 by Sylwia Kosmala-Grzechnik

As the UK is no longer part of the EU, any company intending to import a substance into the UK, at or above 1 tonnes per annum (tpa), has to…
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SETAC North America: SciCon4

November 11, 2021 by Iain Wilson

wca are long standing contributors to SETAC conferences, and we are again presenting our work at the SETAC North America 42nd Annual Meeting; SETAC SciCon4. The meeting starts…
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Using Water Framework Directive Watch List Data Sets to Estimate Europe‐wide Chemical Exposures and Potential Aquatic Risks: Representativity and Uncertainty?

July 19, 2021 by Graham Merrington

We at wca have been working over the last year and a half on the exposure data for some of the Watch List substances under the Water Framework Directive (WFD),…
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Employee Ownership Day

June 17, 2021 by Rhiannon Smith

Did you know that 25 June is employee ownership day? wca are proud to be an employee-owned company and will be celebrating this day along with a…
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Pharmaceuticals in the Environment – a Global Challenge Session at SETAC Europe

May 10, 2021 by Dean Leverett

I co-chaired a live virtual discussion on Pharmaceuticals in the Environment in the final session block of SETAC Europe 2021. The discussion was split into three blocks, each covering a…
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Importance of Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability in Hazard Assessment, Risk Assessment and Regulation of Metals in Multi-Stressor Environmental Conditions

May 7, 2021 by Adam Peters

Adam Peters co-chaired a discussion session on the Importance of Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability in Hazard Assessment, Risk Assessment and Regulation of Metals in Multi-Stressor Environmental Conditions. There was a…
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