Environmental fate and risks of emerging chemicals of concern in coastal region of south China

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Author(s)

  • Chung Wah LAM
  • Mei Po Mirabelle TSUI
  • Bingqing ZHU
  • Ying KWOK
  • Ho Wing LEUNG

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017

Conference

TitleThe 9th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry
LocationZhejiang University
PlaceChina
CityHangzhou
Period19 - 22 October 2017

Abstract

The coastal environment of south China, particularly the Pearl River Delta (PRD) region, has been undergoing significant modifications due to rapid economic growth and industrialization. These may increase the demand for new and existing chemicals used in the manufacture of products for both domestic use and export. It is, therefore, conceivable that large amounts of toxic substances, including classes of compounds referred to as “Emerging Chemicals of Concern (ECCs)”, are found in this region. ECCs, such as halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), per-/polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), and organic ultraviolet filters (UVFs), have been detected in municipal wastewaters, surface and ground waters, drinking waters as well as sediments and aquatic biota. The presence of certain ECCs in local wildlife such as marine mammals and waterbirds indicates that they are bioavailable and are bioaccumulative.[1] A recent study carried out in the South China Sea further revealed that the highest levels of some ECCs were recorded in seawater samples collected at the mouth of the Pearl River as compared with other coastal sites. Analyses of ECCs in blubber samples of local marine mammals collected over a ten-year period provided information on the temporal trends of these compounds in the marine environment.[2] Although HFRs, PFASs, PPCPs, and UVFs have attracted much attention as global environmental contaminants, there are still considerable data gaps in our understanding of the environmental fate and risks of these contaminants in the PRD region. This paper aims to discuss the current status and trends of important ECCs in South China.

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Environmental fate and risks of emerging chemicals of concern in coastal region of south China. / LAM, Chung Wah; TSUI, Mei Po Mirabelle; ZHU, Bingqing; KWOK, Ying; LEUNG, Ho Wing; RUAN, Yuefei Phoebe; LAI, Lok Shun; LAM, Kwan Sing Paul.

2017. The 9th National Conference on Environmental Chemistry, Hangzhou, China.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)31B_Invited conference paper (non-refereed items)Invited