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SETAC GSAG NA Meeting 2012 Minutes

Posted By Michael Simini, Monday, December 10, 2012

SETAC North America Global Soils Advisory Group

SETAC North American 33rd Annual Meeting

Monday November 12, 2012

6:00 – 7:00 PM

Seaview C, Hyatt Hotel

Long Beach, CA


1. Welcome from the Steering Committee from Temporary Meeting Chair – Mr. Rick Scroggins; Dr. G.L. Stephenson volunteered to take the meeting minutes

2. Acceptance of last year's minutes

· Minutes accepted

3. Acceptance of Agenda proposed by Michael Simini – one additional item was proposed by Bruce Vigon that included liaison with ISO in the form of an ad-hoc committee

4. Update on soil-related activities in North America – Rick Scroggins

· Announce Environment Canada will be distributing a new plant toxicity method for testing the effects of soil contaminants on species representative of the boreal region of Canada. The method document is expected to be available in the Spring of 2013; there are also three new invertebrate test methods applicable to northern regions under development. Also, Environment Canada research is underway to access the performance and standardize a variety of soil microbial tests needed for measuring impacts from soil contaminants.

· Dave Spurgeon announced that a Metals Workshop took place in Sundance, Utah in September to develop a process for deriving soil clean-up values beyond the EcoSSLs and that an overview of the workshop would be summarized in a separate SETAC publication and that individual papers were to be published in a special issue of IEAM in 2013.

· Attention was drawn to the soils sessions at Long Beach and that the call for session proposals for the SETAC NA 34th Annual Meeting in Nashville will be announced shortly; the proposals are usually due in the New Year.

· Bruce Vigon encouraged the participants in the meeting to consider submitting a proposal to give either a short course in Nashville or a Webinar on soil-related issues and the pertinent associated science.

5. Update on soil-related activities in Geographic Units

· Unfortunately, as no members from the European, African, Asia Pacific or Latin America GU's were present at the meeting, there was no news to report

6. Steering Committee status – Nominees and Elections

· Six individuals are rotating off of the GSAG Steering Committee (Monica Amorim, Joerg Roembke, Juliska Princz, Mike McLaughlin, Adriaan Reinecke, Cristina Sisinno);

· New Steering Committee nominees for the North America GU from last meeting are Heather McShane, Canada (academia) and Ming Fan, Proctor and Gamble, USA (business);

· Prior to the Long Beach GSAG meeting, Cristina Sisinno had nominated Dr. Cintia Carla Niva from Brazil as her steering committee replacement for the SETAC Latin America GU;

· Although Mike McLaughlin is stepping down as the Asia-Pacific rep, he has agreed to nominate a potential candidate. Action: Mike McLaughlin to send name of nominee to Monica Amorim and Mike Simini

· Bev Hale (University of Guelph) volunteered to serve as a North American rep for academia and Dave Spurgeon agreed to serve as either a European rep for either business or academia;

· Other positions for the global steering committee are required as representatives for Europe (business and academia); Asia-Pacific (academia), Africa (academia), and Latin America (business); and

· A plea was made to participants to volunteer, get involved, or nominate

7. The SETAC NA 2012 soil sessions were announced

· Ecotoxicity, Fate, and Risk Assessment, of "Materials of Importance to the Military” (Mon AM, November 12)

· Ecotoxicology and Risk Assessment of Soils (Mon PM, November 12)

8. Proposed soil sessions for SETAC NA 2013 (Nashville, Tennessee)

· Possible sessions were discussed but no one volunteered at this point in time to commit to submitting a proposal session; call for session proposals was issued in the new year.

9. Abstract submission reminder for SETAC Europe Meeting, Glasgow, UK 12-16 May 2012à Abstract Deadline: 30 Nov 2012

· Check the web-site for full details on soil-related sessions; Rick explained that he and Adriaan Reinecke are planning a session on soil ecotoxicology methods and their application using test species from non-temperate regions; Gladys explained that she was co-chairing a session on ecosystem services; there are at least three other soil ecotoxicology sessions planned for the SETAC Europe meeting

10. SETAC on-line communities à check for continuous updates on GSAG and soil-related activities

· Bruce Vigon encourage participants to get involved and explained how to join on-line

· Bruce also explained in detail the need to form an ad-hoc committee to review the ISO proposals for new work items and to participate in the review of methods and procedures of potential interest to the Global Soils Advisory Group. The ad-hoc committee could play an important role in terms that it could represent reviews that were objective, unbiased, and independent; the focus should be on the science and technical input; the participants would not have a vote in the process. Bruce is the contact person for those who are interested in participating in this committee; alternatively, contact the co-chairs of the Global Soils Advisory Committee.

11. Adjourn

Attendee List




Bev Hale

University of Guelph

Luba Vasiluk

University of Guelph

Julie Kikkert

University of Guelph

Theresa Phillips

EXP Services Inc.

Gladys Stephenson

Stantec Consulting

David Spurgeon

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Roel Evens

SETAC Europe – Science manager

Courtney Thomas

University of Texas

Paul Bireta

University of Texas

Bruce Vigon

SETAC-NA – Science manager

Rick Scroggins

SETAC World Council liaison

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