Title: Occurrence of polybrominated diphenylethers, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans and biphenyls in coastal sediments from Spain. 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> journal article 
Country: EU Projects 
Year: 2005 
Availability: Environmental Pollution 136(3), 493-501. 
Author 1/Producer: Eljarrat E. 
Other Authors/Producers: De la Cal A., Larrazabal D., Fabrellas B., Fernandez-Alba A.R., Borrull F., Marce R.M., Barcelo D. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Publisher: Elsevier 
Article Weblink (=direct link): http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6V ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Pesticides
Diffuse pollution-->Diffuse pollution overview
Long description: Fifteen sediment samples were analysed for their content of polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Samples were collected along the Spanish coast, including the harbours of Almeria and Tarragona, and the mouths of the Besós and Llobregat rivers in Barcelona. Total toxicity equivalent (WHO-TEQ) values were calculated using the toxicity equivalent factors proposed by WHO for dioxin-like PCBs, PCDDs and PCDFs. WHO-TEQ values ranged from 0.3 to 75 pg/g dry weight (dw), with PCB contributions to the toxicity of the samples ranging between 1 and 84%. The contribution of BDE-209 to total PBDE contamination was between 50 and 99%. Decabrominated diphenyl ether makes a substantial contribution to the total PBDE contamination found in Spanish coastal sediments. 
Link to Project(s): AQUATERRA Integrated modelling of the river-sediment-soil-groundwater system; advanced tools for the management of catchment areas and river basins in the context of global change
Submitted By: Dr Antony Chapman WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 30/04/2009

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