A newsletter from the 'Water Cycle and Soil Related Aspects' unit in the European Commissions Directorate General for Research.
Welcome to the fifth issue of Water and Soil Times.
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ENVIROMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES ACTION PLAN, ETAP
The Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament 'Stimulating Technologies for Sustainable Development: An Environmental
Technologies Action Plan for the European Union' (COM(2004) 38 final) was adopted on 28 January 2004. This is an ambitious plan to further environmental technologies
within the EU and globally. It seeks to exploit their potential to improve both the environment and competitiveness, thus contributing to growth and possibly
creating jobs. Some relevant initiatives are going to start following the adoption of ETAP: - A partial re-orientation of FP6 towards research on Environmental
Technologies; this will be reflected in the third call of 'Global Change and Ecosystems', expected to be launched next June. - The launch of an initiative for
a Technology Platform on Water Supply and Sanitation. The scope of the TP will be to put together all the main stakeholders in order to define a long term vision
and a common research agenda for water supply and sanitation technologies with the objective of strengthening the European industry competitiveness in the
growing world market. A document for the preparation of this platform is being drafted by the Commission and will soon be distributed to key stakeholders for
consultation. - The establishment in Europe of a Technology Verification Programme that may allow reducing the time-to-market of new environmental technologies
through a certification mechanism for their performance. Further information on ETAP may be obtained from http://europa.eu.int/comm/environment/et ...
THE FP6 UNIT 'WATER CYCLE INCLUDING SOIL RELATED ASPECTS' IS AIMING TO PARTICIPATE TO TWO INTERNATIONAL EVENTS.
The 2nd IWA Leading-Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Treatment Technologies (Prague - CZ 1-4 June 2004) will be a unique opportunity to present and
discuss specific EC activities linked to the 'Environmental Technologies Action Plan for the European Union' (COM(2004)38). Future prospects for water
research and the Water Supply and Sanitation Technology Platform, a new instrument to jointly implement public/private EU water research, will be addressed
during the conference.
The EC will exhibit and disseminate information on relevant outcome of the FP5 water related projects during the IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition
that will take place the 19-24 of September 2004 at the Palais de Congres in Marrakech. This major event will offer a chance to promote the FP6 relevant initiatives
and related research components.
For additional information please contact Mr. Avelino Gonzalez (mailto:Avelino.Gonzalez-Gonzalez@cec.eu.int).
WORSKHOP ON 'MULTI-ORGANIC RISK ASSESSMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS'. 31ST MARCH-1ST APRIL 2004, MALLORCA, SPAIN.
The objective of this international workshop organised by the EURISKED consortium is to integrate and disseminate state of the art knowledge relevant to
the risk assessment of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). Speakers from Europe and the US will exchange the latest results and review the evidence for
a suspected common mode of action. The programme includes sessions on:
- Integrated Risk Assessment and the EU policy context (Session I)
- From humans to wildlife - Are there common modes of action for endocrine active chemicals? (Sessions II and III)
- Are there multi-organic effects of endocrine disrupters? (Session IV)
- Panel discussion with speakers (Session V) and poster sessions
Around 130 participants including representatives from the CREDO cluster, other EU funded projects, industry, delegates from the EU and chemical risk
assessment experts from international organizations are expected to attend the workshop. Discussion of the latest results and cooperative research not
only between partners within the cluster, but also with scientists not belonging to the cluster, including industrial partners, are therefore the ultimate
objectives of this workshop. Dissemination of workshop results will be through publication of proceedings in 'Toxicology'. The full programme is available
on the EURISKED web site at http://www.eurisked.org/events.htm
COMPRENDO - COMPARATIVE RESEARCH ON ENDOCRINE DISRUPTERS
COMPRENDO is an FP5 project. The overall goal of the project is to improve our understanding of the effects of androgen and anti-androgen mimicking substances
(AACs) in aquatic wildlife and humans. This will help to improve environmental quality and also public health standards in Europe. For more detailed information
please visit the COMPRENDO website at http://www.comprendo-project.org . COMPRENDO is one of four projects that form the core of the CREDO (Coordinating
European Environmental and Human Research into Endocrine Disruption) cluster. >From 5-7 July 2004 the University of Exeter hosts the CREDO cluster workshop
on 'Ecological relevance of chemically induced endocrine disruption >in wildlife' on behalf of the COMPRENDO project. This international workshop will
provide a forum for the dissemination, and discussion of, the most >recent data on the assessments of chemical effects in wildlife, studies on complex mixtures,
a wide range of endpoints for effects of endocrine active >substances in wildlife and their ecological relevance. The workshop is addressed to eco-toxicologists,
toxicologists, endocrinologists, biologists, chemists, academia and stakeholders of NGOs, Governmental Organizations and Industry. Principally, the
focus will be on research across Europe, but there will also be significant representation from Japan and the USA. More detailed information is available under http://www.ex.ac.uk/emfb
or at the COMPRENDO website.
GUIDELINE FOR GROUNDWATER RISK ASSESSMENT
FP5-project GRACOS (Groundwater Risk Assessment at Contaminates Sites) has published a guideline for groundwater risk assessment at contaminated sites,
which is available for free download at http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/gracos This guideline contains recommendations how to assess a potential risk of groundwater
contamination originating from pollution in the unsaturated soil zone. Two base cases are distinguished as typical source scenarios:
1. Residual non-aqueous phase liquid (NAPL) held by capillary force allowing diffusive spreading of volatile constituents in the unsaturated zone and
eventually groundwater contamination. This scenario was investigated in high detail in a controlled field experiment conducted in Denmark employing a kerosene
type organic liquid mixture of volatile hydrocarbons.
2. Layers of contaminated top soils or disposed waste materials, which release contaminants into the seepage water. For this scenario leaching tests were
developed/optimised and validated for organic and inorganic pollutants. The release dynamics were investigated in long term leaching tests and simulated
using numerical models. The recommendations derived are based on the experience of the researchers involved, including additional knowledge gained during
the GRACOS project. For the sake of brevity and readability, the guidelines do not contain comprehensive data sets, detailed description of theories, literature,