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Socotec to support project in reducing waterway chemicals

Socotec has announced it is supporting the Sullied Sediments project in minimising the impact of chemical pollutants on the environment.

The Sullied Sediments project, a €4M (£3.52M) Europe-wide project, will be led by the University of Hull, and will enable regulators and water managers to make better decisions with regard to sediment management, removal and disposal.

According to the Socotec, many managing authorities do not have the tools to assess sediments accurately and cannot make confident decisions regarding the level, location or impact of pollutants.

Socotec was chosen by the Sullied Sediments Partnership for the three-year deal, and will provide research into the analysis of sediments for metals, dioxins, hydrocarbons and nutrients.

It will also be providing consultancy on the methods for analysis of the watch list chemicals, such as the contraceptive pill and other pharmaceutical drugs which are entering waterways but not subject to EU monitoring laws.

Socotec senior development and technical specialist Paul Walker said: “This project puts Socotec at the forefront of analytical research into the analysis of sediments.

“We have a whole wealth of experience and history in marine sediment analysis, and it’s a great opportunity to support the Sullied Sediments project in taking those steps to regulate our waters and limit the impact of pollutants on the environment” he added.

The project will concentrate on nine sites that have a previous history of sediment problems, in the North Sea Region’s Elbe, Humber and Scheldt river catchments.


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