This work package aims to provide an updated national inventory listing of mercury sources and waste streams, and highlight any limitations of current monitoring practices and technology. Secondly, monitoring data will be assimilated and analysed with the aim to see whether any causal relationships between the implementation of EU policy and changes in mercury concentration in the environment can be established. The existing atmospheric monitoring work of the NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the National Physical Laboratory will be a key part of this.
Significant inadequacies in UK databases, monitoring ability, and lack of data for some inventories will be addressed to provide an updated UK national inventory listing of mercury sources and waste streams.
* Tamsin Mather (Lead)
* Mel Witt
The work will provide an indication of the impact of policy interventions on the UK mercury budget, and the ability of UK resources to monitor the impact. It will assess the need for further refinement of UK monitoring capacity and technical ability. A research and development collaboration related to this, and involving specialist analytical companies and mercury monitoring contractors is foreseen.