SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
19 March 2015
Volume 16 Issue 3

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Highlights from the Battelle Sediment Conference

Carrie Cantor, SETAC Salt Lake Meeting Co-Chair

“Billion Is the New Million,” “The Biology of Bioavailability,” and “How much Data” were among the topics discussed at the recent Eighth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, from 12–15 January 2015.  This meeting, commonly referred to as the Battelle Sediments Conference,, highlighted the ongoing work of practitioners across many disciplines, all of which converge in investigating and remediating contaminated sediment sites. As evidenced by the large number of SETAC members in attendance, these disciplines overlap with several SETAC practice areas.  In particular, presentations were given on issues relevant to and by SETAC members active in the following global advisory groups:

  • Bioaccumulation Science
  • Ecological Risk Assessment
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Endocrine Disruptor Testing and Risk Assessment
  • Exposure Modeling
  • Metals
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Sustainability
  • Sediments

Presentations were given in fifty-five platform sessions and panels with corresponding poster sessions over three days, and many of these sessions explored questions also discussed during the SETAC North America 35th Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia.  For example, the following Vancouver meeting sessions (and session chairs) examined similar issues:

  • Remedy Effectiveness Assessments and Monitoring Contaminated Sediment Remediation: Parts 1 and 2 (Marc Milles, Amy Mucha and David Walters) You can watch recordings of Part 1 and Part 2 of this session.
  • Fish Consumption as a Driver of Risk Management Decisions and Human Health-Based Water Quality Criteria (Nancy Judd and Yvett Lowney)
  • Realities of Addressing Contaminated Legacy Sites (Ralph Stahl and Mike Johns) . Watch recorded presentations of this session.
  • Bioaccumulation: Science and Regulation ( Frank Gobas, Mark Bonnell and Jon Arnot)
  • Restoration of Impaired Ecosystems: An Ounce of Prevention or a Pound of Cure (Ruth Hull and Aida Farag)

Since the Battelle Sediments Conference is held every other year, annual SETAC meetings provide an opportunity to continue the dialogue on challenges facing those working at contaminated sediment sites.  The upcoming SETAC North America 36th Annual Meeting, which will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1–5 November, is no exception, and the Program Committee has solicited session proposals that will promote such a continued discourse. Abstracts are now being accepted, so submit your abstract now. There is also still time to submit professional training course proposals, which will be accepted until 1 May.

If you are looking for inspiration, SETAC journals provide an excellent forum for publishing work associated with sediment investigations. A compilation of popular sediment-focused articles that have appeared in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (ET&C) and Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management (IEAM) can be found at

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