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Strategies for Controlling Emissions of Priority Pollutants from Case City Archetypes

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The European Water Framework Directive (WFD) aims to reduce/phase-out emissions and discharges of priority pollutants (PPs) in order to protect water bodies throughout the European Union (EU). According to the WFD, River Basin Management Plans should be developed for all relevant water bodies in order to implement appropriate measures for achieving ‘good chemical status’. The ScorePP project is developing emission control strategies to reduce discharges of PPs into receiving waters on an urban (city) scale as a support to regulatory authorities, water utilities and relevant industries. Though the results are still preliminary it is clear that the existing EU regulations are powerful and full implementation should be encouraged. Substitution with alternative substances is not feasible for all PPs applications, and conventional wastewater treatment techniques are also not effective for all PPs. Hence an integrated approach is needed with emission control strategies comprising a combination of both source control and end-ofpipe treatment.
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Keywords: Emission Control Strategies; Priority Hazardous Substances; Priority Substances; Source control; Voluntary Initiatives; Wastewater Treatment; Water Framework Directive

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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