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Sources, fluxes and risk of organic micropollutants to the Cantabrian Sea (Spain)

Abstract: The sources, distribution and risk of 51 organic micropollutants (OMPs) in the Cantabrian coastal environment (NW Spain) were evaluated. Gas chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry was used to determine polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, organochlorinated pesticides, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, phthalates esters, bisphenol A and alkylphenols. 45 OMPs were detected in coastal/estuarine waters. Wastewater treatment plant effluents and emissary discharges were identified as the main sources of contamination. The accumulation of OMPs in sediments and the bioaccumulation in 21 days caged mussels were also assessed. Chemical results were combined with the ?Combined Monitoring-based and Modeling-based Priority Setting Scheme? COMMPS procedure for risk assessment analysis. Finally, the chemical status of the different sampling locations was estimated using site risk indexes. Those indexes can be conveniently displayed in quality geographical maps and are considered a valuable tool for the environmental management and risk assessment of the region under study.

 Fuente: Marine Pollution Bulletin 2013, 72(1), 119-132

 Editorial: Elsevier Ltd

 Fecha de publicación: 01/07/2013

 Nº de páginas: 14

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.04.010

 ISSN: 0025-326X,1879-3363

 Proyecto español: VERTITOX PROJECT (018/RN08/02.1)

 Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.04.010