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Assessment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls Contamination in Sediment and Organism from Xiamen Offshore Area, China

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In Xiamen offshore area, sediment polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) concentrations ranged from 2.33 to 30.94 ng/g, with an average value of 8.94 ng/g. The in situ organic carbon normalized partition coefficients (log K′ oc) of the 12 co-polar congeners PCBs between sediments and porewater were from 1.50 to 2.64, and the log K′ oc decreased with increasing chlorine number. PCB congeners pattern of marine organism were characterized by 5–6 CB chlorinated compounds, and the world health organization total dioxin equivalents of PCBs in organism ranged from 1.45 to 88.26 pg/g lipid.

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This study is supported by International Cooperation of Ministry Science and Technology of China (No. 2009DFB), key scientific and technological projects of Henan Province (112102310442) and National Nature Science Foundation of China (Project No. 41001327).

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Li, Q., Luo, Z., Yan, C. et al. Assessment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls Contamination in Sediment and Organism from Xiamen Offshore Area, China. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 87, 372 (2011). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-011-0385-x

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Keywords

  • Xiamen offshore area
  • PCBs
  • Sediment
  • Organisms