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Deposition of Organochlorine Pesticides, PCBs (Aroclor 1268), and PBDEs in Selected Plant Species from a Superfund Site at Brunswick, Georgia, USA


Deposition of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) were measured in Loblolly pine needles (Pinus taeda) collected in and around a Linden Chemicals and Plastics (LCP) Superfund Site at Brunswick, Georgia, USA. For the comparison, foliage of eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) was also collected to monitor contaminant levels. This study revealed that concentrations of OCPs, PCBs and PBDEs ranged from 0.75–10, 3.4–15 to 0.05–3, ng/g wet wt, respectively in both plant species. Total OCPs concentrations in pine needles decreased from 10 to 2.3 ng/g; and total PCBs decreased from 28 to 9.3 ng/g between 1997 and 2006. To our knowledge, this is the first report on PBDEs concentrations in pine needles and red cedar foliage samples from the Superfund Site at Brunswick, Georgia, USA.

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This research was supported by the United States Department of Energy (US-DOE) (contract number DE-FG09-96SR18558) and by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).

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Sajwan, K.S., Senthil Kumar, K., Kelley, S. et al. Deposition of Organochlorine Pesticides, PCBs (Aroclor 1268), and PBDEs in Selected Plant Species from a Superfund Site at Brunswick, Georgia, USA. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 82, 444 (2009).

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  • Pesticides
  • PCBs
  • Aroclor 1268
  • PBDEs
  • Pine needles
  • Red cedar
  • LCP Superfund Site
  • Brunswick