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Special Issue "Emerging Contaminants VS. Legacy Pollutants: Their Impacts on the Environmental Integrity and Public Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Engineering and Public Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Chihhao Fan

Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan
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Interests: river pollution control and water quality management; assessment of carrying capacity of water bodies; strategy for TMDL (total maximum daily load) implementation; watershed management; environmental chemistry; water and wastewater treatment; advanced oxidation processes; impact of macromolecule on AOP treatment efficiency; photo-catalytic oxidation of disinfection by-products in drinking water; transport and fate of environmental contaminants; quality assurance and conservation of agro-environment
Guest Editor
Dr. Hsiao-Yu Yang

Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene, National Taiwan University College of Public Health, Taipei, Taiwan, No. 17 Xuzhou Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan
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Interests: occupation and environmental lung diseases; health risk of non-asbestiform asbestos; earlier diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases using GC/MS and sensor-array technology; cancer risk for talc exposure; aristolochic acids; noise-induced hearing loss; occupational kidney disease and urological cancer among Chinese herbalists exposed to herbs containing aristolochic acid
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin

Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, No. 1, Sec. 4, Roosevelt Road, Taipei, 10617, Taiwan
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Phone: 886-2-33663467
Fax: +86 2 23686980
Interests: spatial statistics and modeling in environmental and ecological systems; applications of GIS and remote sensing in environmental and ecological systems; freshwater monitoring and modeling; optimal environmental monitoring network design; landscape ecology in land-use management and planning; ecohydrology; groundwater modeling; land-use planning and modeling; soil heavy metal pollution assessment; multiscale analysis in environmental and ecological systems; system dynamic modeling in environmental systems; ecosystem services; system dynamic modeling; optimization techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the years, modern technologies have brought our society into the next millennium with the expectation of a better and sustainable environment. All these diversified achievements in societal modernization have also complicated the encountered environmental difficulties, such as the discharges of various pollutants, which impact a great deal on environmental integrity. Environmental monitoring results indicate the advent and accumulation of emerging contaminants in addition to the already-prevailing legacy pollutants. In the literature, many studies have reported on the physiochemical characteristics of these pollutants, which may pose significant threats to biological and ecological communities. Their environmental distribution and possible entrance into food chain/web could have negative influence on the public health.

Without proper pretreatment, these discharged pollutants enter and accumulate in the environment. They impair the sustainable use of natural resources and deteriorate the environmental quality, as well as the safety of public health.

To mitigate such pollution, many efforts have been undertaken in the investigation of: (1) applicable technologies for contaminant removal to assure environmental quality, (2) the transport and distribution of concerning pollutants in the environment, and (3) risk assessment and management of the sustainable use of environmental resources related to emerging contaminants and legacy pollutants.

Asbestos is an important legacy pollutant. Though asbestos minerals with asbestiform structure are well-known carcinogens, many asbestos minerals exist in compacted masses and are recognized as non-asbestiform asbestos minerals. Non-asbestiform asbestos minerals are common in the construction, stone and jewelry industries, but the hazards are inconclusive. Though asbestos is gradually being banned in many countries, the effectiveness of a global ban and the management of asbestos-exposed subjects varies in different countries. This Special Issue welcomes original research about the effectiveness of new screening methods for asbestos-related lung diseases or reviews of international comparisons for asbestos control policy.

Prof. Dr. Chihhao Fan
Dr. Hsiao-Yu Yang
Prof. Dr. Yu-Pin Lin
Guest Editors

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  • Contaminant fate and transport
  • Environmental pollution
  • Public Health
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Emerging contaminants
  • Environmental restoration and sustainability

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Open AccessArticle Acute Toxicity and Ecological Risk Assessment of Benzophenone-3 (BP-3) and Benzophenone-4 (BP-4) in Ultraviolet (UV)-Filters
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(11), 1414; doi:10.3390/ijerph14111414
Received: 24 October 2017 / Revised: 4 November 2017 / Accepted: 6 November 2017 / Published: 19 November 2017
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Ultraviolet (UV)-absorbing chemicals (UV filters) are used in personal care products for the protection of human skin and hair from damage by UV radiation. Although these substances are released into the environment in the production and consumption processes, little is known about their
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Ultraviolet (UV)-absorbing chemicals (UV filters) are used in personal care products for the protection of human skin and hair from damage by UV radiation. Although these substances are released into the environment in the production and consumption processes, little is known about their ecotoxicology effects. The acute toxicity and potential ecological risk of UV filters benzophenone-3 (BP-3) and benzophenone-4 (BP-4) on Chlorella vulgaris, Daphnia magna, and Brachydanio rerio were analyzed in the present study. The EC50 values (96 h) of BP-3 and BP-4 on C. vulgaris were 2.98 and 201.00 mg/L, respectively. The 48 h-LC50 of BP-3 and BP-4 on D. magna were 1.09 and 47.47 mg/L, respectively. The 96 h-LC50 of BP-3 and BP-4 on B. rerio were 3.89 and 633.00 mg/L, respectively. The toxicity of a mixture of BP-3 and BP-4 on C. vulgaris, D. magna, and B. rerio all showed antagonistic effects. The induced predicted no-effect concentrations of BP-3 and BP-4 by the assessment factor method were 1.80 × 10−3 and 0.47 mg/L, respectively, by assessment factor (AF) method, which were both lower than the concentrations detected in the environment at present, verifying that BP-3 and BP-4 remain low-risk chemicals to the aquatic ecosystem. Full article

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