Title

Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers and Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Sediments of Southwest Taiwan: Regional Characteristics and Potential Sources

Publication Date

4-1-2011

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Very little information is available on the contamination of coastal sediments of Taiwan by PBDEs and PCBs. In this study, we determined the concentrations of 19 PBDE and 209 PCB congeners in 57 surface sediment samples to identify the possible sources of PBDEs and PCBs. The total PBDE and PCB concentrations ranged from below detection limit to 7.73 ng/g and 0.88-7.13 ng/g, respectively; these values are within the ranges observed for most coastal sediments worldwide. The PBDE congeners were dominated by BDE-209 (50.7-99.7%), with minor contributions from penta- and octa-BDEs. The signatures of PCB congeners suggested that PCB residues in Kaohsiung coast may be the legacy of past use or the result of ongoing inputs from the maintenance, repair and salvage of old ships. Principal component analysis of the congener-specific composition of PBDEs and PCBs revealed distinct regional patterns that are related to the use of commercial products. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Marine Pollution Bulletin

Volume

62

Issue

4

First Page

815

Last Page

823

DOI

10.1016/j.marpolbul.2010.12.019

Version

pre-print, post-print allowed

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