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Prioritisation of water pollutants: the EU Project SOLUTIONS proposes a methodological framework for the integration of mixture risk assessments into prioritisation procedures under the European Water Framework Directive

Journal article
Authors M. Faust
Thomas Backhaus
R. Altenburger
V. Dulio
J. van Gils
A. Ginebreda
A. Kortenkamp
J. Munthe
L. Posthuma
J. Slobodnik
K. E. Tollefsen
A. van Wezel
W. Brack
Published in Environmental Sciences Europe
Volume 31
Issue 1
ISSN 2190-4707
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12302-019-0239-...
Keywords Water pollutants, Priority substances, Combined exposure, Mixture toxicity, Cumulative risks, Environmental Sciences & Ecology, , 2011, Common implementation strategy for the Water framework Directive (2000/60/EC)-Guidance
Subject categories Earth and Related Environmental Sciences

Abstract

Current prioritisation procedures under the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) do not account for risks from chemical mixtures. SOLUTIONS proposes a multiple-lines-of-evidence approach to tackle the problem effectively. The approach merges all available evidence from co-exposure modelling, chemical monitoring, effect-based monitoring, and ecological monitoring. Full implementation of the proposed methodology requires changes in the legal text in adaptation to scientific progress.

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