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An integrated approach to micropollutants: Occurrence, fate and measures for elimination

  • 1 February, 2015
  • Wageningen University, Environmental Technology
  • prof. dr HHM Rijnaarts
  • Dr. TL ter Laak

The first problem faced in river systems is deficient data on micropollutant fluctuations along with limited knowledge of their causes. The second problem is that the information provided in emission – immission balancing is not of enough detail, which results in an insufficient basis for proper management actions, i. e. finding adequate points of intervention in the catchment such as fourth treatment steps or using natural pollution reduction capacities.
The third problem consists of the lack of alternatives to energy and cost intensive treatment methods at wastewater treatment plants such as retention soil filters which are already successfully operated at sewer system outlets.

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