Toxic substances are flooding our environment
Novembre 26, 2022
"We live in a fluorinated society," says Arkenbout. He is deeply concerned about poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) "flooding us like a tsunami". Arkenbout, who is active across Europe with its Toxicowatch agency, has been raising alarm for years about the rapid spread of so-called Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) such as dioxins and PFAS. He is not the only one. Just recently, 116 scientists called on the WHO to tighten guidelines on PFAS exposure drastically. The Dutch government is also concerned: it is working on "a European pathway to limit the use and production of PFAS".
Burning questions remain over Europe’s waste incinerators
27 April 2023
IThe toxic toll of waste incineration: measuring health and environmental impacts
Zoom meeting organised by Zero Waste
The true toxic toll
Biomonitoring of waste incineration: Video by Zero waste Europe give an explanation, what biomonitoring is, how it is performed and how it can implemented in a communication with the government, media and industry.
Biomonitoring in Spanisch Basque Country. In the Northwest of Spain, just across the border of France, in the Basque Country, Euskal Herria, an incinerator has been built in the municipal district of Donostia-San Sebastián, in the place called Zubieta, finished in 2019, and coming in operation in 2020. The complexity of the chemical content of today’s household and industrial waste presents a challenge for turning modern waste into energy in (WtE) waste incinerators. How safe are incinerators? ToxicoWatch performs biomonitoring research in the environment of the incinerator in Zubieta.