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Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard

Watt, James A.J.; Burke, Ian T.; Edwards, Ron A.; Malcolm, Heath M.; Mayes, William M.; Olszewska, Justyna P.; Pan, Gang; Graham, Margaret C.; Heal, Kate V.; Rose, Neil L.; Turner, Simon D.; Spears, Bryan M.


James A.J. Watt

Ian T. Burke

Ron A. Edwards

Heath M. Malcolm

Justyna P. Olszewska

Gang Pan

Margaret C. Graham

Kate V. Heal

Neil L. Rose

Simon D. Turner

Bryan M. Spears


Vanadium (V) is a contaminant which has been long confined to the annals of regulatory history. This follows the reduction of its historical primary source (fossil fuel emissions) since the 1970s (e.g., by 80% in the UK). However, V is quickly becoming an important strategic resource which promises its return to environmental prominence because of changing industrial practices and emerging waste streams. We discuss below (i) what makes V a re-emerging environmental and human health hazard of global interest, (ii) the knowledge gaps that currently restrict prediction of environmental effect and mitigation, and (iii) opportunities for the community to address these gaps toward reducing the risk of an impending environmental hazard.


Watt, J. A., Burke, I. T., Edwards, R. A., Malcolm, H. M., Mayes, W. M., Olszewska, J. P., …Spears, B. M. (2018). Vanadium: A re-emerging environmental hazard. Environmental Science and Technology, 52(21), 11973-11974.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Oct 23, 2018
Online Publication Date Oct 25, 2018
Publication Date Nov 6, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2018
Publicly Available Date Oct 26, 2019
Print ISSN 0013-936X
Electronic ISSN 1520-5851
Publisher American Chemical Society
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Issue 21
Pages 11973-11974
Keywords Vanadium; Pollutant; Environmental risk; Hazard
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