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Control of dangerous, priority and priority hazardous substances and emerging pollutants in urban and industrial discharges: approaches to environmental quality improvement

Submit your paper by 31st January

The International journal “Management of Environmental Quality” (MEQ) which is now on its 25th volume, is one of the few journals to holistically address matters related to the environment and its management as a whole and sustainable development in particular.
MEQ now invites expressions of interest for a special issue titled “Control of dangerous, priority and priority hazardous substances and emerging pollutants in urban and industrial discharges: approaches to environmental quality improvement”.
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) 2000/60/EC sets out a new approach for the assessment and management of chemical pollutants (i.e. formerly “dangerous substances” in Directive 76/474/EEC) in water bodies. The Directive introduced the idea of an integrated approach, aimed at the assessment of the ecological status of a water body. It fixes environmental quality objectives and establishes that measures must be implemented by member States to achieve these objectives. The ultimate goal of the WFD is to ensure the achievement of a High ecological status through the mid-term (2015) achievement of a Good ecological status. The good status for chemo-physical quality elements, especially for synthetic and non-synthetic priority pollutants, depends on Environmental Quality Standards (EQS). Priority (P) and priority hazardous (PH) substances must exhibit concentrations below the corresponding EQSs if they are to achieve a Good chemical status. Moreover, the Directive requires additional priority substances to be identified both at national and river catchment levels. EQSs have been defined by Directives 105/2008/EC and recently 39/2013/EC. To achieve the fixed EQSs the use of discharge limit value and the control of urban and industrial wastewater discharges is of main importance.
The issue is interesting for the research at university level as well as for environmental management at public and private levels. It appears critical for the routinary discharge monitoring activity performed by Control Authorities (Technical bodies) as well as by the plants’ managers.
According to water quality standards (chemical status) specific concerns arise from the by-products of disinfection systems (DBPs), pharmaceutical compounds/metabolites and in general by the so-called “emerging pollutants”. The monitoring of the new priority and priority hazardous substances and emerging pollutants requires a great deal of analytical input, in order to comply with the detection/quantification limits (LOD/LOQ) established by the new EQSs (if defined). The development of more adequate analytical methods, which are still not available today and are not completely reliable, and the optimization of the existing analytical techniques are essential requirements for the proper implementation of these studies. Environmental Risk Assessment is necessary to define the EQSs.
Therefore the main questions (not excluding others) to be dealt with in the special issue are:
•     What substances should be controlled?
•     How can we control them?
•     How to define monitoring programs for discharges at river basin level?
•     Which are the EQSs if not defined by laws/regulations to be achieved in receiving the water bodies?
•     Which are the available analytical techniques economically sustainable for routinary activities?
•     Which are interesting case studies to be presented as examples of ‘best practice’?
Contributions focusing on the discharge characterization and approaches for water management at basin level for this purpose, will be especially welcome. Research papers and applicative cases especially for the management of routinary discharge control to achieve the environmental objectives (quality standards) are also kindly invited and should be sent to the guest editor Marco Ostoich at [email protected].

 Deadline: Please submit your paper by 31st January