Assessing and managing chemical risks

Published: 12 September 2017

The increasing number of chemicals entering the market and environment each day requires new and more efficient scientific approaches for assessing and managing chemical risks. These so called chemicals of emerging concern (CEC) are the main subject of the recent granted project called SUSPECt.

Tools to quantify the human and ecological risks

This project tackles this challenge by integrating state-of-the-art scientific knowledge on emission estimation, fate modelling, and effect assessment of chemicals for which limited data are available into a set of decision support tools for (CEC). Water managers and other parties can use these tools to quantify the human and ecological risks of the current situation and of different future scenarios, e.g. after the introduction of product alternatives, emission reduction measures or enhanced water treatment facilities.

Demonstration via three case studies

SUSPECt will demonstrate in a set of three case studies, i.e. an urban (with a focus on Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products), rural (with a focus on Veterinary Medicines) and a integrative regional case study, that these tools can be used to stimulate stakeholder involvement, identify cost-effective measures, and analyse future scenarios.

Deltares will participate in this project in a consortium with Radboud University Nijmegen and Wageningen University and Research, focussing on water quality modelling , expertise on emissions and the use of passive sampling as a monitoring technique.

The project is funded by a partnership of STOWA, TKI,-NWO-TTW and KWR.