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Simultaneous measurement of 16 bisphenol A analogues in house dust and evaluation of two sampling techniques

2021
Xinghua Fan | Guru Prasad Katuri | Amelia Anne Caza | Pat E. Rasmussen | Cariton Kubwabo

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a high production volume (HPV) chemical used to make polycarbonate (PC) plastics and epoxy resins. Due to its potential adverse health effects, BPA has been restricted or banned...

PPCPs - A human and veterinary fingerprint in the Pearl River delta and northern south China sea

2021
Kathrin Fisch | Ruifeng Zhang | Meng Zhou | Detlef E. Schulz-Bull | Joanna J. Waniek

This study aimed to identify stable indicator contaminants of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) to trace the anthropogenic fingerprint of the Pearl River plume in the coastal waters...

Direct choline administration in semi-intensive pisciculture system: A positive contaminant

2021
Subhas Das | Sukhendu Dey | Atanu Patra | Arghya Mandal | Niladri Sekhar Mondal | Debnarayan Chowdhury | Koushik Ghosh | Apurba Ratan Ghosh

Present work evaluated the possible impact of choline on metabolic enzymes of cultured fish species into a semi-intensive pond culture system, reared with Catla catla (catla), Labeo rohita (rahu), Clarias...

Plasma concentrations of chlorinated persistent organic pollutants and their predictors in the general population of Algiers, Algeria

2021
El Hadia Mansouri | Mohamed Reggabi

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are subject of particular attention and in-depth studies which demonstrate their toxicity towards humans and biotope in general. POPs are therefore addressed by...

Assessment of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs from selected wastewater treatment plants of Southwestern India

2021
Yerabham Praveenkumarreddy | Krishnamoorthi Vimalkumar | Babu Rajendran Ramaswamy | Virendra Kumar | Rakesh Kumar Singhal | Hirakendu Basu | Chikmagalur Mallappa Gopal | Kalwaje Eshwara Vandana | Krishnamurthy Bhat | Harikripa Narayana Udayashankar | Keshava Balakrishna

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, ketoprofen, and diclofenac) were determined in three selected wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in southwestern India...

Dioxin sources to the aquatic environment: Re-assessing dioxins in industrial processes and possible emissions to the aquatic

2021
Katsuya Kawamoto | Roland Weber

Releases of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDFs) from industrial or thermal processes to the aquatic environment are considered small compared to emissions to air today....

Minimizing the environmental impact of PFAS by using specialized coagulants for the treatment of PFAS polluted waters and for the decontamination of firefighting equipment

2021
Martin Cornelsen | Roland Weber | Stefan Panglisch

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) represent an increasingly global challenge for keeping water and soil “non-toxic”. 100 of millions of people are exposed to PFAS levels of concern, in particular,...

Effect of cleanup of spiked sludge on corn growth biosorption and metal leaching

2021
Driss Barraoui | Jean-François Blais | Michel Labrecque

A chemical leaching process was used for the cleanup of two municipal biosolids (MOS and BES) spiked with Cd, Cu, Zn or their mixture prior to agricultural use. Non-cleaned, cleaned and washed biosolids...

Inventories and assessment of POPs in the State of Kuwait as a basis for Stockholm Convention implementation

2021
Hassan Alshemmari

Since 2006, Kuwait has been a party to the Stockholm Convention (SC) on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). According to Article 7 of the SC, each party should develop a National Implementation Plan...

Status of multielement in water of the river Buriganga, Bangladesh: Aquatic chemistry of metal ions in polluted river water

2021
Aklima Nargis | Ahsan Habib | Harun-Or-Rashid | Halima Binte Harun | Md Shafiqul Islam Sarker | Rong Jin | Guorui Liu | Wenbin Liu | A.N.M. Al-Razee | Kai Chen | Minggang Cai

The peripheral rivers of Dhaka city became highly polluted because of industrialization and urbanization to a greater extent in the last few decades. Thus, an attempt has been taken to measure 48 elements...

Development and application of a novel method to assess exposure levels of sensitizing and irritating substances leaching from menstrual hygiene products

2021
Q. Marcelis | A. Gatzios | E. Deconinck | V. Rogiers | T. Vanhaecke | B. Desmedt

Menstrual hygiene products (MHPs) like tampons, sanitary towels and panty liners are widely used by women and come in close contact with the intimate parts of the human body, which consist of mucosae...

Assessment of the efficacy of an advanced tertiary sewage treatment plant to remove biologically active chemicals using endocrine and genotoxicity bioassays

2021
Lisa A. Hamilton | Fujio Shiraishi | Daisuke Nakajima | Michael Boake | Richard P. Lim | Olivier Champeau | Louis A. Tremblay

There has been much effort to assess the efficacy of sewage treatment plants to remove chemicals with estrogenic activity, but other modes of toxicity have received less attention. This study assessed...

Emerging contaminants as global environmental hazards. A bibliometric analysis

2020
Howard Ramírez-Malule | Diego H. Quiñones-Murillo | Diego Manotas-Duque

This paper presents a bibliometric analysis of peer-reviewed scientific literature on emerging contaminants published from 2000 through 2019. A total of 4968 documents (among research articles and review...

Status of brominated flame retardants, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in air and indoor dust in AFRICA: A review

2020
Olumide Emmanuel Akinrinade | William Stubbings | Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah | Olusegun Ayejuyo | Rose Alani | Stuart Harrad

While many African countries are signatories of the United Nations’ Environment Programme (UNEP) Stockholm Convention aimed at eradication or reduction of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the...

Temporal trends in concentrations of legacy and novel brominated flame retardants in house dust from Birmingham in the United Kingdom

2020
Daniel Simon Drage | Sonthinee Waiyarat | Stuart Harrad | Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah | Suwanna Kitpati Boontanon

Concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBPA) and two potential replacements decabromodiphenylethane (DBDPE) and 1,2-bis(2,4,6-tribromophenoxy)ethane...

Leaching of decabromodiphenyl ether and hexabromocyclododecane from fabrics under simulated landfill conditions

2020
Stuart Harrad | Daniel S. Drage | Martin Sharkey | Harald Berresheim

A series of laboratory experiments were conducted to examine the leaching of decabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-209) and hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD) from a mix of three fabrics. Consistent with previous...

Occurrence, seasonal variation and human exposure to pharmaceuticals and personal care products in surface water, groundwater and drinking water in Lagos State, Nigeria

2020
Anekwe Jennifer Ebele | Temilola Oluseyi | Daniel S. Drage | Stuart Harrad | Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah

The occurrence of 28 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) was investigated in 17 surface water samples (rivers, canals, and lagoons), 12 groundwater samples (wells and boreholes, which...

Degradation of 2,4,6-trichlorphenol by producing hydrogen using ultrasonic mist generated from photocatalysts suspension

2020
Huihui Li | Xin Chang | Yuanzheng Zhang | Siyao Zhang | Yunrong Dai | Lifeng Yin

Photocatalytic hydrogen production synergized with the oxidation of pollutants is an environmentally friendly and economical approach to generate clean energy and remove the pollution from environment....

Photo enhanced degradation of contaminants of emerging concern in waste water

2020
Olalekan C. Olatunde | Alex T. Kuvarega | Damian C. Onwudiwe

Emerging contaminants are posing serious global threats to the environment due to their diversity, recalcitrant nature and bioaccumulation. More disturbing is the fact that current wastewater treatment...

Photolysis of hexamethylenediaminetetra(methylenephosphonic acid) (HDTMP) using manganese and hydrogen peroxide

2020
Ramona Kuhn | Isaac Mbir Bryant | Robert Jensch | Stephan Liebsch | Marion Martienssen

Aminophosphonates such as hexamethylenediaminetreta(methylene phosphonic acid) (HDTMP) are categorised as persistent substances. They are commonly used as scale inhibitors in cooling water systems and...

Intensification of the degradation of Acid RED-18 using hydrodynamic cavitation

2020
Prashant B. Dhanke | Sameer M. Wagh

In this work degradation of Acid Red-18 (AR-18) was examined in the hydrodynamic cavitation reactor. Orifice plates with different holes geometry are used to determine the optimum plate to carry out...

Concentrations of phthalates metabolites in blood and semen and the potential effects on semen concentration and motility among residents of the Pearl River Delta region in China

2020
Xiaofei Song | Qiongfang Zhuo | Shaoyu Tang | Tianfa Xie | Zhiyuan Chen | Zhijun Zang | Yanan Zhang | Xiaojun Niu | Hua Yin | Feng Zeng | Chang He

Exposure to phthalate acid esters (PAEs) has been found to have adverse effects on reproduction of human and animal. However, the effects on the semen quality are controversial. In this study, we have...

Use of simulated sunlight radiation and hydrogen peroxide in azithromycin removal from aqueous solutions: Optimization & mineralization analysis

2020
Pablo Andrés Cano | Marcela Jaramillo-Baquero | Henry Zúñiga-Benítez | Yudy A. Londoño | Gustavo A. Peñuela

Azithromycin (AZT) is a broad-spectrum antibiotic from the group of macrolides that acts against several Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, which has promoted its use in the treatment of different...

Degradation of a persistent organic pollutant perfluorooctane sulphonate with Ti/SnO2–Sb2O5/PbO2-PTFE anode

2020
Qiongfang Zhuo | Jiao Han | Junfeng Niu | Junping Zhang

PbO2-poly tetra fluoro ethylene (PTFE) coating anode was prepared through electrodeposition method, which involved the use of scanning electron microscope, linear sweep voltammetry, contact angle, and...

Free-range chicken eggs as a bioindicator of dioxin contamination in Vietnam, including long-term Agent Orange impact

2020
Anastasia D. Kudryavtseva | Andrey A. Shelepchikov | Efim S. Brodsky

PCDD/Fs contamination of free-range chicken eggs and soils from private Vietnam households was studied. The possibility of using free-range eggs as bio-indicators of dioxin contamination was considered...

Development and application of a SPE-LC-QTOF method for the quantification of micropollutants of emerging concern in drinking waters from the Brazilian capital

2020
Fernando Fabriz Sodré | Thiago Rosa Sampaio

The Brazilian Federal District is located under a savannah climate characterized by an intense dry season, resulting in severe problems related to water availability. This situation motivates the search...

Disposal of waste-based fuels and raw materials in cement plants in Germany and Switzerland – What can be learned for global co-incineration practice and policy?

2020
Josef Waltisberg | Roland Weber

The limit value for emissions of total organic carbon (TOC) for incinerators in the European Union (EU) is 10 mg/m3. However, clinker burning is a material conversion process during which TOC emissions...

Comprehensive monitoring of chlorinated aromatic and heteroaromatic pollutants at sites contaminated by chlorine production processes to inform policy making

2020
Takumi Takasuga | Hiroaki Takemori | Teru Yamamoto | Kazuo Higashino | Yuko Sasaki | Roland Weber

The production of chlorine by the chlor-alkali process using graphite electrodes was one of the largest sources of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/PCDFs) in history with estimates...

Chlorinated paraffins in the technosphere: A review of available information and data gaps demonstrating the need to support the Stockholm Convention implementation

2020
Yago Guida | Raquel Capella | Roland Weber

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) have been produced for a wide range of applications, mostly in open uses, such as metalworking fluids, lubricants, coolants or additives in consumer goods. The production...

Preparation of ferric oxide-aluminium oxide carbon nanofiber nanocomposites for ultrasound-assisted dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction of 17-beta estradiol in wastewater

2020
Malesela William Lekota | Anele Mpupa | K. Mogolodi Dimpe | Philiswa N. Nomngongo

In this work, Fe3O4-Al2O3@CNFs nanocomposite was synthesised and used as a nanosorbent in the ultrasound-assisted dispersive magnetic solid phase extraction (UA-DMSPE) of 17-beta estradiol (E2) in wastewater...

Mercury speciation in aquatic environment south eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt

2020
Maha Ahmed Mohamed Abdallah

This study aims to describe distribution and speciation of Hg in coastal water, fish and sediments from the Western harbour (main harbour) in Egypt and has been studied in two surveys. The slightly...

MiADMSA minimizes arsenic induced bone degeneration in Sprague Dawley rats

2020
Shashikanta Sau | K.B. Sathua | S.J.S. Flora

Arsenic considered as one of the most hazardous chemical while arsenic poisoning is also one of the serious medical issues worldwide. Long term arsenic exposure is associated with bone degeneration....

Flammability standards for furniture, building insulation and electronics: Benefit and risk

2020
Joseph A. Charbonnet | Roland Weber | Arlene Blum

Flammability standards for furniture, building insulation and electronics were established in an attempt to mitigate fire risk. However, research suggests that some of these flammability standards should...

Wastewater treatment plants and release: The vase of Odin for emerging bacterial contaminants, resistance and determinant of environmental wellness

2020
Bright E. Igere | Anthony I. Okoh | Uchechukwu U. Nwodo

Municipal wastewater consists of a downstream collection of flushed sewage (without solid waste), other household runoffs, industrial runoffs, hospital runoffs and agricultural runoffs through an underground...

Ozone and ozone/hydrogen peroxide treatment to remove gemfibrozil and ibuprofen from treated sewage effluent: Factors influencing bromate formation

2020
Hajar Farzaneh | Kavithaa Loganathan | Jayaprakash Saththasivam | Gordon McKay

Reuse of treated sewage effluent is an important option to overcome water scarcity. Conventional wastewater treatment methods are inadequate for the removal of several persistent contaminants such as...

State of art control of dioxins/unintentional POPs in the secondary copper industry: A review to assist policy making with the implementation of the Stockholm Convention

2020
Guanglong Wu | Roland Weber | Yong Ren | Zheng Peng | Alan Watson | Jiahong Xie

Article 5 of the Stockholm Convention requires that each Party shall take measures to reduce the releases from anthropogenic sources of unintentional persistent organic pollutants (UPOPs), with the...

Occurrence of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) in wastewater and receiving waters in South Africa using LC-Orbitrap™ MS

2020
Vimbai Mhuka | Simiso Dube | Mathew M. Nindi

There is continued interest in the occurrence and monitoring of emerging contaminants (ECs) in wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) to assess their potential impact when released into the environment....

Application of activated biomass waste as an adsorbent for the removal of lead (II) ion from wastewater

2020
Chime O. Thompson | Agu O. Ndukwe | Christian O. Asadu

This work focuses on the application of activated biomass as an alternative to conventional adsorbents for the removal of Pb2+ from wastewater. The biomass was carbonized at 800 °C before chemical activation....

Short- and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins in imported commercial dry cat and dog food in China: Concentrations, distributions and risk assessment

2020
Shujun Dong | Su Zhang | Ruiguo Wang | Xiaolong Xia | Mengdie Fan | Yaxin Wang | Jie Cheng | Xiaomin Li | Tong Li | Wei Zhang | Shulin Wei | Yun Zou | Peilong Wang

Chlorinated paraffins (CPs) are produced in large amounts and used worldwide. Dietary intake is the primary pathway for the exposure of pets to CPs, but limited information is available concerning the...

Exposure to bisphenol a and risk of developing type 2 diabetes: A mini review

2020
Shabana Siddique | Gong Zhang | Cariton Kubwabo

Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) is a metabolic disorder, which results from a defect in insulin production, impaired insulin action or both. It is now regarded as one of the major non-communicable diseases...

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) emissions from electric arc furnaces for steelmaking

2020
Qiuting Yang | Lili Yang | Jia Shen | Yuanping Yang | Minxiang Wang | Xiaoyun Liu | Xuejing Shen | Changliang Li | Jia Xu | Fengfeng Li | Da Li | Guorui Liu | Minghui Zheng

The proportion of steel produced using electric arc furnaces (EAFs) is increasing. In this study, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) concentrations and patterns in stack gas...

Change of osmoregulatory and hematological parameters in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) after exposure to sublethal mercury concentrations

2020
Kiki Syaputri Handayani | Agoes Soegianto | Jehan-Hervé Lignot

The effects of Hg exposure on blood parameters and gill physiology of tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) were analyzed. Fish maintained in freshwater were exposed for 7 days (d) to sublethal mercury concentrations...

Effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, biochar, selenium, silica gel, and sulfur on arsenic uptake and biomass growth in Pisum sativum L.

2020
Mohammad Zahangeer Alam | Md. Anamul Hoque | Golam Jalal Ahammed | Lynne Carpenter-Boggs

Arsenic (As) is carcinogenic and highly toxic to plants. Crops accumulate As when grown in field soils irrigated with As-contaminated groundwater. The accumulation of As in roots, shoots, and grains...

A review of sources, fate, levels, toxicity, exposure and transformations of organophosphorus flame-retardants and plasticizers in the environment

2020
Tlou B. Chokwe | Ovokeroye A. Abafe | Senzy P. Mbelu | Jonathan O. Okonkwo | Linda L. Sibali

Organophosphate esters (OPEs) are esters of phosphoric acid that are increasingly used as plasticizers and by the flame-retardants industries as replacement for the regulated polybrominated diphenyl...

Poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in sediment samples from Roodeplaat and Hartbeespoort Dams, South Africa

2020
Bulelwa Batayi | Jonathan O. Okonkwo | Peter A. Daso | Cornelius C. Rimayi

This study aimed at determining PFAS concentrations in sediments obtained from two important water systems in South Africa, namely, the Roodeplaat and Hartbeespoort Dams. Sediment samples were collected...

Occurrence, removal and emission of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) from chrome plating industry: A case study in Southeast China

2020
Yingxi Qu | Jun Huang | Wolfram Willand | Roland Weber

Per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) have been used since the 1950s as chrome mist suppressant (CMS) in the electroplating industry. In this study, various samples within an electroplating...

Global occurrence, bioaccumulation factors and toxic effects of polychlorinated biphenyls in tuna: A review

2020
Jingqian Xie | Zhihe Bian | Tian Lin | Ling Tao | Qiang Wu | Ming Chu

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) tend to accumulate in adipose tissue and induce toxicity due to their high lipophilicity and persistence. Tuna play an important role in the ocean food web and human...

Ecological risk assessment of organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in water and surface sediment samples from Akaki River catchment, central Ethiopia

2020
Alemnew Berhanu Kassegne | Jonathan O. Okonkwo | Tarekegn Berhanu | Adegbenro P. Daso | Olubiyi I. Olukunle | Seyoum Leta Asfaw

The current status of persistent organic pollutants in Ethiopian environment is not well monitored despite the existing pollution potential from a number of sources. Water and sediment samples collected...

Inventory and action plan for PFOS and related substances in Suriname as basis for Stockholm Convention implementation

2020
Victorine Pinas | Carmen Van Dijk | Roland Weber

Within the framework of the Stockholm Convention implementation in Suriname, the first inventory of perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) has been developed. The major stocks of PFOS are firefighting...

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