Air & Waste Management Association

March 6, 2013

Air & Waste Management

Doors open at 11:40 AM

Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas St, Victoria, V8W 2C2 – Maple Room.

Please use the Courtney St. Entrance.

Register here for this A&WMA Technical Luncheon
A&WMA Members $15, Students $10, Non-members $20


Weathering, atmospheric deposition, industrial activities, automobile exhausts and the use of pesticides such as wood preservatives and herbicides can potentially introduce metals and other contaminants into urban environments including parks, playgrounds and roadsides. At RRU, we are currently investigating metal and other contaminants concentrations in surface soils in the Greater Victoria area including roadsides, residential areas, playground and parks. Contaminants in blackberry shoots and fruit samples collected from different locations along the two major highways and residential areas are also being assessed. The results to date indicate that apart from the influence of naturally occurring bedrock, metal concentrations were influenced by the proximity to heavy traffic corridors and industrial activities. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons concentrations were also higher in the highway samples compared to residential areas. In order to determine the risk associated with soil ingestion we are also assessing metal bioavailability is select soils. This talk will present the results to date and discuss any associated potential health risks.

Matt Dodd

Matt Dodd is an environmental analytical chemist with research interests in metal speciation and bioaccessibility, air quality monitoring, soil toxicity testing, persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and contaminated sites assessment and remediation. He has conducted research and served as project scientist for numerous environmental projects in Canada and China. He has also supervised or provided scientific advice on environmental remediation of contaminated sites in the Canadian Arctic including the DEW Line. Dodd is a member ofBioaccessibility Research Canada, a board member of the Vancouver Island Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association, member of the CRD Air Quality Working Groupand has participated in the Northern Contaminants Program.

Although this event is organized by the A&WMA, non-members are always welcome, so please forward this notice to interested colleagues. The Air & Waste Management Association is a non-profit, non-partisan professional organization that provides training, information, and networking opportunities to thousands of environmental professionals in 65 countries. The Association’s goals are to strengthen the environmental profession, expand scientific and technological responses to environmental concerns, and assist professionals in critical environmental decision making to benefit society.


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