Presentation to the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee at Westminster

Professor Andrew Johnson of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) presented to the UK’s Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee earlier this week in London.

The Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC) provides expert advice on how to protect the environment, and human health via the environment, from potentially hazardous substances and articles, including nanomaterials. It provides advice to officials and UK Ministers, including Ministers in the Devolved Administrations.

Andrew reported, “It was an exciting opportunity to present on behalf of HSAC the issues around chemical contamination of the UK environment to environment minister Rory Stewart MP and the Defra Chief Scientist Ian Boyd yesterday. The Minister and Defra are clearly alive to the issue and the topic may now feature in the 25 year Environment plan being prepared by the Department.”

His talk was illustrated by many examples of work carried out at CEH, including data from the fish archive, and the impacts of sewage effluent, pharmaceuticals and other pollutants on our wildlife and watercourses.You can view slides from his presentation below:

Additional information

Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee website

Short video in which Professor Johnson discusses some of his research.

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