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Home > Impact > Funded Projects > Isolation and Characterization of Oil Sands Process-Affected Water (OSPW) Fractions and Assessment of Their Toxicity Using Mammalian Cells
Untreated oil sands process-affected waters (OSPW) are stored long-term in tailings ponds and to date, no standardized water treatment method exists that would help permit rapid and large-scale release of these contaminated waters into the environment. Efforts to remediate and/or detoxify OSPW must be carefully monitored for their efficacy and feasibility. This project focused on developing methods to test for toxicity in aging and treated OSPW in order to support remediation pathways that may enable eventual safe release of treated water to the environment.
The main objectives of this project were to: