[ASC-media] Media alert: ending our toxic legacy
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Fri Aug 13 10:15:26 EST 2004
CERAR Media Alert 04/10
August 13 , 2004
QUELLING OUR TOXIC LEGACY
Experts from more than 20 countries will gather in Australia in September to explore ways to bring to an end a 20th Century nightmare - its toxic legacy to present and future generations.
Australia has an estimated 100,000 polluted sites, including old factories, fuel dumps, munitions plants, farms and mine-sites. In Asia there are thought to be more than 3 million and worldwide, many times that figure. Most have people living near or on top of their deadly cargo of heavy metals and organic contaminants.
Recent advances in remediation technology, together with changes in attitude by the public, industry and regulatory bodies, now mean that many long-term contaminated sites can be economically and safely remediated for the first time.
Leading scientists from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia will gather to plan how.
The Contaminated Site Remediation Conference takes place in Adelaide, South Australia from September 15-18, 2004. It is supported by major Australian industries and will showcase the work of young Australian researchers.
Key themes at the conference include:
" the regional impact of contaminated sites on environmental and human health
" how contaminants move and how long they last in the environment
" new ways to deal with contamination
" assessing the risk of contaminated sites
" cleaning up contaminated sites
" case studies demonstrating innovative clean up technology
" legal liability and policy issues.
Conference details: www.cerar.com
Dr Gary Owens, Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of SA
Ph: +61 (0)8 8302 5043
Fax: + 61 (0)8 8302 3057
Email: gary.owens at unisa.edu.au
Conference chair: Professor Ravi Naidu, Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of SA, 08 8302 5041 or 0407 720 257
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