San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
This conference is the 3rd in a series and aims to bring together leading EU and UK experts in the field of Priority Substances listed in Annex X of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). The event will discuss issues associated with Priority Substance compliance, where they come from, and where best to control them.
The cost of treating substances is going to be excessive to meet the proposed environmental quality standard limits from the Directive. This conference aims to demonstrate what other approaches are sustainable from cost, environmental, and social perspectives.
The conference will disseminate which priority pollutants are of significant concern from the Regulator and Water Industry and need to be managed. It will provide an overview of the range of options using source control and examples of how these have been achieved. In particular it will consider the most effective control strategy for Priority Substances in terms of cost and sustainability.
Who should attend?
EU regulatory users, relevant business (producers and downstream users of substances), water utilities, producers of PS, Watch List, emerging pharmaceuticals, agricultural, trade association for pesticides, veterinary medicines, and trade associations.
Our speakers will address the questions below:
- Which of the priority pollutants are of significant concern and need to be managed?
- Where are these pollutants coming from and in what proportions?
- What is the optimum means to come into compliance with the Directive?
- How do we understand what the citizen wants & will pay for?
Session 1: Which of the priority pollutants are of significant concern and need to be managed?
09:00 Developing a strategy for identifying and controlling priority pollutants
Nick Cartwright, Environment Agency
09:30 Keynote: Assessing risks for priority substances – challenges and opportunities
Paul Whitehouse, Environment Agency
10:00 Presentation title to be confirmed
John Fawell, consultant
Session 2: Where are these pollutants coming from and in what proportions?
11:00 UKWIR Chemical Investigation Program – emerging outputs and implications
Howard Brett, Thames Water
11:30 Triclosan (or other) case study
Richard Hawkins, Environment Agency
12:00 Chemicals in the Dutch surface waters: (how) do we solve the problems?
Leonard Osté, Deltares
12:30 Using catchment modelling (SAGIS) to identify the source of priority pollutants
Graeme Cameron, SAGIS Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Session 3: What is the optimum means to come into compliance with the Directive?
13:45 Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle
David Taylor, wca environment Ltd
14:00 Challenges in eliminating/reducing priority pollutants substances
Elise Cartmell, Scottish Water
14:30 Voluntary approaches to water protection – experiences from the crop protection industry
Patrick Goldsworthy, The Voluntary Initiative
15:30 Chemical water pollution - public opinion and willingness to pay
Joel Atherton, London School of Economics
Early Career Bursaries
There is a limited number of bursaries available to early career RSC members to enable them to attend this conference at no admission charge. Applicants should contact the Water Science Forum Secretary via the RSC Networks team (NETWORKS@rsc.org).
Venue and Travel
Conference Room, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ, UK.
The venue is within easy walking distance of the city's main transport hubs, and is home to fantastic architecture, history and green space.
We are grateful to the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW) for their sponsorship of this event. Additional sponsors are sought.