Publications

Fact Sheets and Brochures

CRC CARE fact sheet: svbCARE for sampling volatile organic compounds in soil vapour

svbCARE can be used for sampling volatile organic compounds in soil vapour from sub-surface soils for vapour intrusion assessments. svbCARE improves the efficiency and speed of vapour intrusion assessments, and lowering costs considerably.

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CRC CARE fact sheet: gwsCARE passive sampler for monitoring PFAS and hydrocarbon contamination in groundwater

The gwsCARE passive sampler is an accurate, rapid, inexpensive method for monitoring PFAS and hydrocarbon contamination in groundwater. The sampler is ideal for monitoring groundwater for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), hydrocarbons, and subterrestrial stygofauna.

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CRC CARE fact sheet: Managing PFAS – support for Australia’s water authorities

Australia’s water agencies need a national response to the PFAS problem. The agencies seek better guidelines, better communication, better measurements, and better remediation (clean up) approaches. CRC CARE provides independent advice and solutions for the environmental challenges facing Australia’s water agencies.

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CRC CARE fact sheet: nano-matCARE – Remediating PFAS-contaminated concrete

matCARE is a highly effective treatment that reduces human health risks from water, soil and concrete contaminated with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The application of nano-matCARE slurry to PFOS-contaminated concrete locked up and prevented the leaching of more than 99.5% of the PFOS after 422 days (> 10,000 hours).

CRC CARE Fact sheet 13 – Coal seam gas mining in Australia

Coal seam gas has rapidly become a major industry in Australia during the last decade. The multi-billion dollar industry has also become a controversial and divisive one between property owners and mining companies. It is still unclear whether the impact of the coal seam gas mining industry on the environment is as serious as some critics predict.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 12 – PFCs

Perfluorochemicals (PFCs) are chemicals that can improve the ability of fire-fighting foam to smother fire. This feature makes them very attractive to manufacturers, and as such they have long been used in fire-fighting foam. PFCs are also widely used in the treatment of fabrics and leather, and in paper products, food packing and insecticides.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 11 – Water quality

Science allows us to detect the substances that exist right before our very eyes, but that we can’t see with the naked eye. By using science we can discover things that are in our air, food and water, and in our houses, schools and workplaces that might not be so healthy for us.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 10 – Pesticide residues

Pesticides are substances that are designed to kill or discourage pests – such as insects, rodents, fungi, weeds, parasites and bacteria which threaten the food supply or public health and safety. However, being mostly designed to kill, pesticides can sometimes have harmful effects on humans, livestock and the natural environment, especially if they enter the food chain or drinking water supply.

CRC CARE Fact sheet 9 – Indoor air quality

Indoor air quality (IAQ) refers to the content of interior air that can affect the health, safety and comfort of people living or working in buildings or confi ned places. Indoor air can be polluted by a wide range of toxic chemical contaminants – including gases, vapours and dusts – as well as by biological contaminants such as moulds, viruses and dust mites.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 8 – VOCs and POPs

VOCs and POPs are two of the most insidious forms of toxic contamination which are now thought to affect almost all human beings and, potentially, all life on earth. They may well play a role in the modern epidemic of cancers, diabetes and chronic disease.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 7 – Toxic metals

Toxic metals are metals that form poisonous soluble compounds and are of no benefi t to humans, plants or animals even in small amounts. In other words they are not minerals essential to life, or else they occur in forms that are harmful when consumed or contacted.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 6 – Acid sulfate soils

Acid sulfate soils (ASS) are a major threat to water quality in many areas of Australia and the world where acid-bearing sediments in former coastal wetlands and salt-marshes have been drained.

CRC CARE Fact sheet 5 – Zero waste

Most industries and municipalities produce waste or emissions of one kind or another. Mining and mineral processing, energy and petrochemicals, manufacturing, food processing, iron and steelmaking all generate waste streams after they have extracted the economically valuable products from raw materials.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 4 – Bioremediation

Bioremediation is any process that uses microbes, fungi, plants or their enzymes to make a contaminated site safe for human use or environmentally healthy.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 3 – Remediation

Remediation means providing a remedy. Today it is generally used to mean the clean-up or making safe of a site or water body contaminated by toxic substances, whether they are natural or man-made.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 2 – Risk assessment

Risk assessment is the process of establishing whether a risk exists from a contaminated site or water body either to people or to the environment. It also looks at the extent of the risk, and so helps in determining what should be done about it.

 

CRC CARE Fact sheet 1 – Contamination

Contamination of soil, water and air by the toxic biological and chemical byproducts of human activities has been a feature of our environment ever since the industrial revolution and, in some cases, since civilization itself began.

 

CRC CARE corporate brochure

CRC CARE is a multi-partner research organisation at the forefront of research and technology development for assessing, remediating and preventing contamination of soil, water and air.

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CRC CARE corporate brochure – Chinese

CRC CARE undertakes significant collaboration in China and has a research node at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei.

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