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Can we document if regulation and Best Available Techniques (BAT) have any positive impact on the marine environment? A case based on a steel mill in Greece, Panagiotoulias, I., et.al., , Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, (2017), V. 189 (11), p. 598.

Can we document if regulation and Best Available Techniques (BAT) have any positive impact on the marine environment? A case based on a steel mill in Greece.

Panagiotoulias, I., et.al., , Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, (2017), V. 189 (11), p. 598.

In order to document the impact of Best Available Techniques (BAT) and implementation of regulation on the improvement of the coastal marine environment state, we examined the case of a representative steel mill located at the Gulf of Elefsis (Greece). The evaluation of metal pollution was based on the analysis of major and trace elements, organic carbon, magnetic properties, and sediment accumulation rates, in sediment cores obtained from the vicinity of the plant. The analytical data are discussed in relation to steel production, changes of production routes, and adoption of BAT introduced in order to fulfill EU and national legislation. The results show that the input of pollutants to sediments and the degree of contamination were reduced by approximately 40-70% in the decade 2003-2015 in comparison to the periods of high discharges (1963-2002), whereas the toxicity risks from "high-to-extremely high" were reduced to "medium-to-high."

Can we document if regulation and Best Available Techniques (BAT) have any positive impact on the marine environment? A case based on a steel mill in Greece, Panagiotoulias, I., et.al., , Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, (2017), V. 189 (11), p. 598.