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No boundaries in POPs pollution, research and control

Kirsten Bouman, Jindrich Petrlik and Abel Arkenbout at the Dioxin2018 in Krakow

The 38th International Symposium on Halogenated Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) & 10th International PCB Workshop, DIOXIN 2018, took place from 26-31 August 2018 in Kraków, Poland. The symposium and workshop are recognized as the leading international POPs meetings for chemical scientists and regulators.

The message of Dioxin 2018 was: “No boundaries in POPs pollution, research and control.”

Among others at the symposium, Abel Arkenbout and Kirsten Bouman, of NGO ToxicoWatch and IPEN Participating Organization, presented the results of research on “Emissions of dl-PCB, PBB, PBDD/F, PBDE, PFOS and PFOA from waste incinerators,” and “Temperature and Oxygen levels in the post-combustion zone of Waste-to-Energy incinerators,”and Abel Arkenbout gave an oral-presentation on “Emission regimes of POPs from a Dutch incinerator: regulated, measured and hidden issues.”

Jindrich Petrlik, IPEN Co-Chair of Dioxin, PCBs and Waste Working Group and Arnika Toxics and Waste Programme director presented “High levels of PCDD/Fs around sites with waste containing POPs demonstrate the need to review current standards.” More on www.ipen.org

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