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July 2, 2020

ToxicoWatch is performing a biomonitoring research of emissions of an incinerator in Zubieta, in the Basque Country, Spain. Starting zero-measurements before incinerator starts to operate and monitoring will continue the next coming years.

Biomonitoring takes place at different matrices. Human mother milk, eggs of backyard chicken, vegetation/leaves of Pine needles (Pinus Radiata), Holy (Ilex aquifolium), Gorse (Ulex...

June 12, 2019

The Dutch Council of State has recently ruled that the management of the Waste to Energy plant REC in Harlingen has incorrectly applied the provisions concerning the subtraction of ‘measurement uncertainty’.

The ruling implies that the way in which the incinerator reduced the emissions as measured with the AMS was illegal. ToxicoWatch cannot rule out that this practice of handling the ‘measurement uncertainty’ in conflict with...

June 12, 2019

Although presented as state of the art, the youngest incinerator in the Netherlands is far from a clean: long-term tests reveal emissions of dioxin, furan and persistent organic pollutants far beyond the limits.

The case of the REC plant raises important questions for future policy-making concerning waste incineration and its potential effects on public health and the environment.

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June 1, 2019

A new report from Jindrich Petrlik, Lee Bell and Abel Arkenbout about the unsolved problems of dioxins. And more generalized the old dirty dozen are still more than ever alive. It raises the question whether the objective of the Stockholm Convention has been achieved to protect human health and the environment against persistent organic pollutants? This unique environmental study confirms the value of eggs from chickens in the...

May 5, 2019

ToxicoWatch made an intervention at the plenary on the technical guidelines of the Basel Convention, May 3, 2019. The full text can you see here.

September 21, 2018

The results of the Stockholm Convention COP9

  • Global ban on PFOA and more than 150 related substances with eight 5-year exemptions and one exemption until 2036.

  • Special restrictions on firefighting foams containing PFOA and related substances including a ban on production, no export or import except for environmentally sound disposal, no use in training, and no use in testing unless all releases are contained.

  • Warn...

September 14, 2018

The meeting brings scientists together involved in development and application of in vitro effect-based bioanalysis technologies. ToxicoWatch gives the presentation about 'Environmental biomarkers' (abstract and powerpoint presentation). 

September 4, 2018

4.9.2018 - GENEVA Jindřich Petrlík, Arnika's representative intervened at current Basel Convention's Open-ended Working Group meeting in Geneva on behalf of IPEN, a global network of more than 500 civil society organizations (CSOs) from in over 100 countries. He urged delegates to set more strict limits for very toxic and very persistent chemicals in wastes in order to prevent their re-circulation into the environment and cons...

August 31, 2018

The 38th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) & 10th International PCB Workshop, DIOXIN 2018, took place from 26-31 August 2018 in Kraków, Poland.  The symposium and workshop are recognized as the leading international POPs meetings for chemical scientists and regulators.

The message of Dioxin 2018 was: “No boundaries in POPs pollution, research and control.”

Among others at the sympos...

November 24, 2017

How to deal with toxic pollution: That was the main theme of the IPEN Central and Eastern Europe Regional Meeting that took place in Prague in October, 2017. The three-day conference of regional non-governmental organizations discussed a common future approach for Central and Eastern Europe. The meeting included an excursion to Spolana – a chlorine factory which is the biggest contemporary polluter of the Czech Republic. Abel...

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