EU Project to Promote the Avoidance of Persistent, Mobile Substances

Scheduled to last five years and supported by €11.6 million, EU Project ZeroPM (Zero Pollution of Persistent, Mobile Substances)  is to bring together many well-known scientists. Under the direction of Dr. Sarah Hale and Prof. Hans Peter Arp of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, the project’s members are to work at various levels – science, politics, and market – to develop strategies to ban persistent, mobile (PM) substances from the environment step by step. The first gathering is planned for November 18–19.  

The German Federal Environmental Agency is one part of the interdisciplinary team that is to direct the implementation of the European Green Deal along with the Belgian consulting firm Milieu Law and Policy Consulting. Additional German partners are the Water Technological Center (DVGW) in Karlsruhe and the Fraunhofer Institute for Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (ITEM) in Hannover. 

The scientists initially want to concentrate their work on the following three groups of chemicals: 

  • Short-chain per- and polyfluorinated alkyl compounds, PFASs 
  • Triazines 
  • Triazoles 

Hans Peter Arp regards the persistence and mobility of these chemicals as proven.  

For more information on this topic, see our article: EU: Mobility in Water Becomes a Criterion for SVHC – Chemical Pollutants in Groundwater and Drinking Water.  

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