water pollution emergencies Articles

  • Chemical pollutants in water emerge

    Recent advances in contaminant identification methodologies, sampling instrumentation, and analytical chemistry have caused an explosion of knowledge about the presence of previously undetected organic micropollutants. While it doesn"t follow that the mere presence of chemical contaminants results in harm, public health experts, regulators, and others aren"t sitting idly by. Given the necessity ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Chemical Pollutants in Water Emerge

    Recent advances in contaminant identification methodologies, sampling instrumentation, and analytical chemistry have caused an explosion of knowledge about the presence of previously undetected organic micropollutants. While it doesn’t follow that the mere presence of chemical contaminants results in harm, public health experts, regulators, and others aren’t sitting idly ...


    By Acta Group

  • European water policies and human health — Combining reported environmental information

    Society depends on the satisfactory and sustainable management of water. Historically, the primary purpose of water treatment was to protect human health, through reducing disease being transmitted through water. Subsequent measures to address environmental concerns have broadened our expectations of what water and waste water treatment should deliver. This report considers three pieces of EU ...

  • How To Handle Chemical Spills & Cleanups

    FAST-ACT is designed for liquid and vapor chemical releases, but the chemicals it attacks does not need to be limited to what we traditionally think of as a chemical spill. Toxic and noxious chemicals can come from a variety of sources such as waste water, decomposition, household chemicals, and animals. Since FAST-ACT can be applied to liquid spill or vapor release enabling Emergency Responders ...


    By Fast-ACT

  • Constituents of Emerging Concern: An Overview

    Emerging constituents of concern have been with us from the beginning of the environmental era 45 years ago. They were behind the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act. They are behind our struggle with disinfection byproducts. They were behind the development of the 129 (126) priority pollutants. They were behind RCRA and the Superfund. Now they are “emerging” as endocrine disruptors, pharmaceuticals, ...

  • Problem Solver for water supply - Pollution incidents

    Pollution in water supplies has always been a concern for water companies and with today’s political climate the issue has never been more important. The threat of terrorism and the requirements of Homeland Security and similar initiatives around the world require that water companies maintain detailed plans for how to ...


    By Innovyze

  • Solving the problem of emerging contaminants in drinking water: Taming the Monster

    Products that are part of our daily lives are now said to be potential sources of pollution in drinking water especially in industrialised communities. Recent studies show that a huge amount of personal care products, pharmaceuticals and household materials are ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Challenge of the Future: Operating Emerging Disinfection Technologies

    ABSTRACTThe Clean Water Act (1972 and 1977) established the basis for regulating pollutant discharges into the waters of the United States. This Act contains many provisions regulating pollutant discharges and surface water quality in the United States. This act has also been modified by numerous revisions and amendments since it was enacted in 1972. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination ...

  • Scientific And Regulatory Perspectives On The Emerging Environmental Contaminants Issue

    ABSTRACTEmerging environmental contaminants include a wide variety of chemicals that have been largely outside of the scope of environmental regulation.  Also referred to as PPCPs (pharmaceuticals and personal care products), these contaminants are derived from any product consumed by humans or animals for health or cosmetic reasons, and thus include prescription and non-prescription human ...


    By Arcadis

  • Anti-fungal compounds: emerging environmental contaminants

    Azole fungicides are active ingredients in a range of pharmaceutical and personal care products, and are also used in agriculture. This study reviewed the sources, presence and risks of these compounds in the environment, finding evidence of toxic effects on aquatic organisms. The researchers provide directions for future research and warn caution should be exercised until more toxicity data ...

  • Case study - Emergency equipment for the absorption of chlorine in hospitals

    Chlorine is a strong oxidant that in normal conditions and in its pure state formsdichlorine, a toxic gas with a yellow-greenish colour formed by diatomic molecules (Cl2) that are about 2.5 times heavier than air and have an unpleasant smell. Among its multiple applications and due to its powerful oxidising nature, it is widely used forwater purificationin sewage treatment plants and as ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Is Your Organisation Prepared for the Worst? Emergency Management

    Disaster and Emergency Management Systems (DEMS) I have just returned from a week studying Disaster and Emergency Management Systems. It has been a real eye opener. Many of us regard disasters or an emergency as something that happens to someone else. Trust me, the day may come when it will be your organisation and unfortunately, there is often little or no ...


    By SHEilds Ltd

  • Priority organic pollutants in the urban water cycle (Toulouse, France)

    Application of the European Water Framework Directive requires Member States to have better understanding of the quality of surface waters in order to improve knowledge of priority pollutants. Xenobiotics in urban receiving waters are an emerging concern. This study proposes a screening campaign of nine molecular species of xenobiotics in a separated sewer system. Five sites were investigated ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Organic and metallic pollutants in water treatment and natural wetlands: a review

    A literature review shows that more than 500 compounds occur in wetlands, and also that wetlands are suitable for removing these compounds. There are, however, obvious pitfalls for treatment wetlands, the most important being the maintenance of the hydraulic capacity and the detention time. Treatment wetlands should have an adapted design to target specific compounds. Aquatic plants and soils are ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The Economic Toll of Pollution’s Effects on Health

    Measuring and valuing the health impacts of pollution are very complex and available methods of economic analysis are often rudimentary. In recent years, considerable progress has been made, especially in respect to air pollution. This note summarizes the latest findings and outlines some basic approaches that can be applied in the economic analysis of Bank projects and sector studies. However, a ...


  • Air pollution in Europe 1990-2004

    Overall picture This report analyses and presents changes in air pollutant emissions and their possible health or ecosystem impacts in Europe covering the period 1990–2004. Emissions of all air pollutants fell substantially during the period 1990–2004 in the 32 EEA member countries (EEA-32), resulting in improved air quality over the region. However, ambient concentrations of particulate ...

  • “Ozone” and “GAC filtration” synergy for removal of emerging micropollutants in a drinking water treatment plant?

    Ozonation plays an essential role in water disinfection to inactivate viruses, bacteria and some parasites (Giardia). Ozone treatment rates to attain disinfection goals also result in oxidation reactions of emerging pollutants. Pharmaceuticals–except Ciprofloxacin–are very reactive to ozone: they are removed as early as the transfer compartment outlet even at an ozone treatment rate ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Emergency response and clean-up of a diesel leak: manufacturing facility

    Project: Emergency response and clean-up of a diesel leak Client: Confidential manufacturing company Services: Emergency response planning, environmental assessment, regulator liaison, remediation design Summary: Through rapid site characterisation and expert decision making ESI minimised the environmental damage ...

  • Industrial Estates Industry - Pollution Prevention Guidelines

    Introduction Pollution Prevention Guidelines to provide technical advice and guidance to staff and consultants involved in pollution-related projects. The guidelines represent state-of-the-art thinking on how to reduce pollution emissions from the production process. In many cases, the guidelines provide numerical targets for reducing pollution, as well as maximum ...


    By The World Bank

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