Title: Short- and Medium-Chain Chlorinated Paraffins in fish, water and soils from the Iqaluit, Nunavut (Canada), area
Authors: Terry A. Dick, Colin P. Gallagher, Gregg T. Tomy
Addresses: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Manitoba, R3T 2N2, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ' Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 501 University Crescent, R3T 2N6, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. ' Department of Fisheries and Oceans, 501 University Crescent, R3T 2N6, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Abstract: Concentrations and sources of short- and medium-chain chlorinated paraffins (CP) were examined in the city of Iqaluit, Nunavut. Tissues from the Arctic char and the ninespine stickleback were analysed, as were terrestrial sediments near landfills. Water and sediments from local streams were tested along with water draining from the sewage lagoon and sediments near the lagoon|s outlet. Significant concentrations of CP in sediment and water from some sites indicate ongoing local sources of contamination, although concentrations in Arctic char do not appear to pose a risk for secondary consumers. Areas associated with waste disposal had higher levels of CP.
Keywords: SCCP; short chain chlorinated paraffins; MCCP; medium chain chlorinated paraffins; Arctic contaminants; Iqaluit; Canada; soil contamination; water pollution; sediments; Arctic pollution; environmental pollution; waste disposal.
World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, 2010 Vol.7 No.4, pp.387 - 401
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