SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
 
  15 March 2012
Volume 13 Issue 3
 

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Saint Lawrence Regional Chapter Annual Meeting

Gaelle Triffault-Bouchet

The 16th annual conference of the St. Lawrence Chapter will be held in Qu├ębec City, from 7-8 June 2012 in Québec City, Canada, under the theme: "From Silent Spring to emerging contaminants: challenges and prospects 50 years of science in environmental contamination". Professor Sébastien Sauvé, from Montréal University, will be the chairman.

The year 2012 marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Published in September 1962, this book describes the problems caused by DDT. By its content and the reactions it raised, Silent Spring is considered a trigger for environmental awareness against chemical pollution. The famous cases of Seveso, Bhopal and Love Canal gave Carson's book a prophetic tone. Since the 1990s, an increasing number of compounds have been detected in the environment and exposure to emerging contaminants continue to create concern: phthalates, bisphenol-A, surfactants, nonylphenols, PBDEs, endocrine disruptors, perfluorinated compounds, pharmaceutical and personal care products, nanoparticles, etc. Our ability to detect chemicals in various environmental media is greater that our understanding of the implications of these findings.

The annual conference will examine a series of questions. Where are we in 2012? What substances are of concern, and which ones are not? What are the real risks for the environment and human health? What are the trends? How do you choose products, given the many substances, questions and possible courses of action? What tools do we need to answer these issues and make the right choices?

Join us: submit an abstract before 30 March 2012.

 

Author contact information: Gaelle.triffaultbouchet@mddep.gouv.qc.ca

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