[ASC-media] Media alert: contamination risk

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Mon Aug 9 09:07:46 EST 2004

CERAR Media Alert 04/09

August 9, 2004


The risks to human and environmental health from the toxic cocktail of old chemicals buried under our cities, industrial and farming areas is in the spotlight at an international scientific meeting in Australia next month.

Australia will host the 3rd global workshop on "Chemical Bioavailability in the Terrestrial Environment" in Adelaide, South Australia, from September 12-15, 2004. 

Scientists from North America, the UK, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, NZ, the Asia region and Australia will focus specifically on the part of contamination which poses a risk to the environment or human health. 

Issues being explored include:
	what makes the contaminants in toxic waste available, or unavailable, to people and the environment
	processes in the soil that can lock or unlock toxic substances
	cost-effective and reliable ways to measure the risks of a contaminated site
	new approaches to assessing contamination
	the adequacy of national guidelines for the range of contaminants found in Australia
	the implications of contaminated sites t for environmental law and regulation.

The meeting will bring together scientific experts on toxic waste, clean-up experts, industry, regulators and policy makers.

Media are welcome to attend and to interview the participants.

Full conference details: www.cerar.com

More information:
Dr M. Megharaj, Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation,
University of SA, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095, Australia
Email: Megharaj.Mallavarapu at unisa.edu.au
Tel: +61 08 8302 5044
Fax: +61 8 8302 3057

Professor Ravi Naidu, Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of SA, 
08 8302 5041  or 0407 720 257 


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