China's water pollution by persistent organic pollutants

Lian Jun Bao, Keith A. Maruya, Shane A Snyder, Eddy Y. Zeng

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Abstract

Available data were reviewed to assess the status of contamination by persistent organic pollutants (POPs), including organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), in drinking water sources and coastal waters of China. The levels of POPs in China's waters were generally at the high end of the global range. A comparison of China's regulatory limits indicated that PCBs in rivers and coastal water may pose potential human health risk. Occurrence of DDTs in some rivers of China may also pose health risk to humans using the regulatory limits of DDTs recommended by the European Union. Future monitoring of POPs in China's waters should be directed towards analytes of concern (e.g. PCBs and PCDD/Fs) and to fill data gaps for analytes (e.g. PBDEs, PCDD/Fs, and chlordane) and in watersheds/regions (e.g. West China) where data are scarce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)100-108
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Pollution
Volume163
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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Organic pollutants
Polychlorinated Biphenyls
China
Polychlorinated biphenyls
Halogenated Diphenyl Ethers
perfluorooctanoic acid
DDT
Water
Health risks
Ethers
Rivers
Chlordan
Pesticides
Watersheds
Potable water
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Keywords

  • China
  • Ecological and human health risk
  • Persistent organic pollutants
  • Source diagnostics
  • Water pollution

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  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis
  • Toxicology

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China's water pollution by persistent organic pollutants. / Bao, Lian Jun; Maruya, Keith A.; Snyder, Shane A; Zeng, Eddy Y.

In: Environmental Pollution, Vol. 163, 04.2012, p. 100-108.

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Bao, Lian Jun ; Maruya, Keith A. ; Snyder, Shane A ; Zeng, Eddy Y. / China's water pollution by persistent organic pollutants. In: Environmental Pollution. 2012 ; Vol. 163. pp. 100-108.
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