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Assessing the impact of wastewater-derived PFCs on aquatic ecosystems

Project Number # 4525-16

Assessing the impact of wastewater-derived perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) on aquatic ecosystems

Project Leader:  Timothy Coggan

Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs or PFAS) are a group of man-made contaminants found ubiquitously in the environment, wildlife and humans; where they have been shown to be persistent, accumulative and toxic.  As PFCs are not easily removed through wastewater  treatment processes they present an emerging risk to processes such as recycling water and environmental discharge. The aim of this project is to generate integral baseline Australian data to aid development of effective risk management strategies for the impacts of PFCs in the water industry.

 

Supervisors:  Dr Bradley Clarke & Dr Jeff Shimeta [EnSuRe, RMIT University]
                      Dr Vincent Pettigrove & Dr Kathryn Hassell [CAPIM, Univeristy of Melbourne]
                      Dr Nicholas Crosbie [Melbourne Water]

Sponsor:        Melbourne Water

Mentor:          Dr Tony Priestley