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Assessment and Management of polar PACs in contaminated soils and remedial processes-PACMAN

The objectives of this project are to assess to what extend the compounds belonging to the group polar PACs (e.g. oxy-PAHs and azaarenes) involve additional risk at PAH-contaminated sites, and also to find ways to manage and reduce this potential risk.
The first objective will be fulfilled through collection of data regarding the occurrence and distribution of polar PACs at contaminated sites, their potential formation in remediation processes as well as regarding their negative effects on human health and the environment. The data collected will be supplemented by sampling and monitoring at selected contaminated sites, and by experimental studies of selected remediation processes in laboratory and field conditions.

The second objective will be fulfilled by data collection aiming at identifying knowledge gaps that need to be filled for proper risk assessment of the polar PACs (e.g. for the development of generic guideline values for the compounds), supplemented by experimental studies that will fill some of these gaps (i.e. leaching experiments), and by identifying and evaluating remediation processes that potentially can minimize the risk associated with polar PAC formation.

The knowledge gained with the project will be important in future risk assessments of PAC-contaminated sites, and also in the decisions regarding how the risk at these sites should be managed. Analytical development will be valorised both as pre-normative and as pre-regulatory research. Furthermore, the project will facilitate the dissemination of the knowledge gained about polar PACs, both within the partner countries as well as in whole Europe.

Project leader: Staffan Lundstedt, Umeå University
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Phone: +4690-7866654
Project time frame: Oct. 2011- Oct. 2014
Total project budget: 577 899 € 
Partners: Bureau de recherche géologique et minières, France, centre national de la recherche scientifique, France