EU-wide screening exercise on emerging pollutants in European rivers accomplished
In the context of its support to the Water Framework Directive and related legislation, the JRC Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) has organised an EU-wide perspective on the occurrence of polar emerging pollutants, such as pesticides (and their degradation products), pharmaceuticals, hormones, antibiotics, and industrial chemicals (alkylphenolics, and perfluorinated compounds) in European rivers. The screening exercise was carried out in autumn 2007 and involved not less than 71 laboratories from whole Europe.
In total, 126 sampling stations from European streams, rivers and similar water bodies were screened by the participants. All samples were shipped to the facilities of the IES' RWER-Laboratory for analysis by means of SPE-LC-MS/MS. In total 35 chemical compounds were identified and quantified, thus forming a sound data basis for further discussions. Additional EU-wide initiatives on other emerging compounds are ongoing.