Inventory and tracking of dangerous substances used in Ireland and development of measures to reduce their emissions/losses to the environment

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Many thousands of substances are in use. Each of these has an environmental impact, whether used in a pure form, or as part of a formulation. This impact may exhibit itself in any or all of the environmental compartments: water, air, or soil. A substance may enter food chains and webs, and have an impact distant in either time or space from the initial introduction into the environment. Control of this huge number of substances is difficult.

Still the regulatory obligation increases as the "Solvents" Directive, 99/13, has been enacted and the draft Water Framework Directive proceeds through the European Parliament. This Directive will provide a framework to unify the various water quality Directives concerning drinking, bathing, surface, ground, etc., waters.

In addition to EU obligations, Ireland is a signatory to the OSPAR Convention for the protection of the marine environment of the north-east Atlantic, which entered into force on 25 March 1998. The objective of the OSPAR Commission with regard to hazardous substances is to prevent pollution of the maritime area by continuously reducing discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances with the ultimate aim of achieving concentrations in the marine environment near background values for naturally occurring substances and close to zero for man-made synthetic substances.

This strategy has received additional political emphasis via the adoption of the ?Sintra Statement? by Ministers and the European Commission. Therein it states:

?We agree to prevent pollution of the maritime area by continuously reducing discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances (that is, substances which are toxic, persistent and liable to bioaccumulate or which give rise to an equivalent level of concern), with the ultimate aim of achieving concentrations in the marine environment near background values for naturally occurring substances and close to zero for man-made synthetic substances. We shall make every endeavour to move towards the target of cessation of discharges, emissions and losses of hazardous substances by the year 2020. We emphasise the importance of the
precautionary principle in this work.?

Prioritisation, or a priority setting system, is a first step in the sequential process of risk management. Faced with this large number of substances, those that present the greatest risk to humans and the environment must be identified, to be the focus of attention. In this way, finite regulatory resources may be best applied.

The primary objective of this project is ?to produce a comprehensive inventory of dangerous substances used in Ireland, to track their movement from point of import to final end use and disposal and to estimate losses to the environment, particularly the aquatic environment?. It intends to:

? improve environmental monitoring and data collection in the interests of more detailed evaluation of the impacts of development on the environment and sustainable use of natural resources;

? encourage the production and provision of more environmentally acceptable goods and services, and

? promote better environmental quality.

It aims to provide an insight into the flows of dangerous substances in the Ireland, to prioritise those most appropriate for programmes and measures to control their use, and hence improve environmental performance. A critical initial step is to prepare a preliminary priority list of substances, followed by the preparation of Best Environmental Practice Guidelines to address them.

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Noel Duffy
Cork Institute of Technology
Senior Chemical Engineering Lecturer
Room E21, Chemical Engineering Department, Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork, -, -, Ireland
Telephone: +353-21-4335882
e-mail: noel.duffy@cit.ie

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Att 1    R&D_94-99_Duffy_Dangerous_Substances_prn.pdf   (0.93 Mb)
Att 2    R&D_94-99_Duffy_Dangerous_Substances_syn.pdf   (0.2 Mb)
Att 3    Dangerous_Substances_-_Main.pdf   (0.93 Mb)
Att 4    Dangerous_Substances_Synthesis.pdf   (0.2 Mb)

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Author(s)Duffy, N.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationInventory and tracking of dangerous substances used in Ireland and development of measures to reduce their emissions/losses to the environment
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=9215a3d9-1fa5-102f-a0a4-f81fb11d7d1c
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SAFER-Data Display URL http://erc.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=217
Resource KeywordsDangerous substances, Emissions, Best Environmental Practice, EURAM
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code97/12 DS/F/AJ
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironment and Health
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Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 4
Project Start Date Sunday 19th January 1997 (19-01-1997)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 19th January 1997 (19-01-1997)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 27th March 2000 (27-03-2000)
Published on SAFERWednesday 24th August 2011 (24-08-2011)
Date of Last EditWednesday 24th August 2011 at 15:11:57 (24-08-2011)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 24th August 2011 at 15:11:57 (24-08-2011)

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Data was gathered from all over Ireland in order to give an accurate representation of the dangerous substances being used around the country.

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The Environmental Protection Agency initiated a project under the Environmental Monitoring, R&D subprogramme of the Operational Programme for Environmental Services (1994-1999), supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This project, entitled: Inventory and tracking of dangerous substances used in Ireland and development of measures to reduce their emission/losses to the environment was awarded on a shared cost basis to the Clean Technology Centre at Cork Institute of Technology.
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