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18 April 2005

International Workshop on Antimony in the Environment at the University of Heidelberg

May 16-19 2005—Location: Institute of Environmental Geochemistry—Presentation and discussion of the latest knowledge on a potentially toxic trace element

Antimony is a potentially toxic trace element whose environmental significance clearly outweighs the attention it has received to date.

Most humans are now being chronically exposed to low levels of antimony in food, water and the air. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Council of Europe consider antimony and its compounds to be pollutants of priority interest. They have been placed on the list of hazardous substances under the Basel convention restricting the transfer of hazardous wastes across borders.

Although antimony is an important environmental contaminant, there has been very little in the way of comprehensive studies on it, especially compared to other potentially toxic elements such as Pb.

The 1st International Workshop on "Antimony in the Environment" will be held at the Institute of Environmental Geochemistry of the University of Heidelberg on May 16-19, 2005. The Workshop will summarise and reflect the latest available knowledge about antimony in the environment. Sixty researchers from all over the world will be discussing the chemical speciation of antimony in soil-water-plant-sediment systems and the implications this has for human health and the ecosystem.

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