Nickel is a naturally occuring element (the 24th most abundant element in the periodic table) and as a consequence of natural and man-made processes can be found ubiquitously in the air, soil, sediments and water. As with all metals and chemicals, excessive amounts of nickel in any of these environmental compartments can result in deleterious impacts on the quality of the environment for flora and fauna.
The Nickel Environmental Risk Assessment Fact Sheet series is a resource created by NiPERA Inc., in conjunction with ARCHE Consultancy, to communicate the concepts and outcomes of the EU Environmental Risk Assessment on Nickel and Nickel Compounds to industry, regulatory authorities, and the general public. The purpose of the fact sheets is to assist the reader in understanding the complex environmental issues and concepts presented in the risk assessment by summarizing key technical information and providing guidance for implementation. The fact sheets can be seen on NiPERA Inc.'s website.