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New Report on assessment of petroleum products for REACH by Nick Boley
October 24, 2013, 12:42
Filed under: chemicals, REACH/CLP | Tags: , , ,

A report has been published on the methodologies employed in the environmental risk assessment of petroleum substances. This report, commissioned by ECHA, the European Chemicals Agency, has been produced by scientists at the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) and discusses the scientific validity and the general applicability of the models currently available for predicting the environmental hazards, environmental exposure and subsequently the environmental risks (including risk to humans indirectly exposed via the environment) associated with petroleum hydrocarbons in the context of REACH registrations.

One theme of the report covers the measurements made in order to classify petroleum products, and to determine their detailed composition in terms of specific groups of organic compounds (alkanes, branch-chain alkanes, alkenes, cycloalkanes, etc.).  The ability to gain knowledge of the composition of petroleum products is very important in order to understand their environmental fate and interaction, and is therefore fundamental in underpinning our knowledge of these products and their risk to the environment and ourselves.

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