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Record number 515765
Title Occurrence and ecological risk assessment of emerging organic chemicals in urban rivers : Guangzhou as a case study in China
Author(s) Peng, Feng Jiao; Pan, Chang Gui; Zhang, Min; Zhang, Nai Sheng; Windfeld, Ronja; Salvito, Daniel; Selck, Henriette; Brink, Paul J. Van den; Ying, Guang Guo
Source Science of the Total Environment 589 (2017). - ISSN 0048-9697 - p. 46 - 55.
Department(s) Environmental Risk Assessment
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2017
Keyword(s) Ecological risk assessment - Endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) - Occurrence - Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) - Urban rivers

Urban rivers may receive contamination from various sources including point sources like domestic sewage and nonpoint sources (e.g., runoff), resulting in contamination with various chemicals. This study investigated the occurrence of emerging organic contaminants (3 endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs), and 17 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs)) in six urban rivers of a representative subtropical city, Guangzhou (southern China). Our results showed that EDCs and personal care products were frequently detected in the water phase and sediment phase. 4-nonylphenol (4-NP) was the most predominant compound with the highest concentration of 5050 ng/L in the water phase and 14,400 ng/g dry weight (dw) in the sediment. Generally, higher total concentrations of EDCs and PPCPs were detected in the four urban streams compared to the main stream Zhujiang River and the Liuxi River at the suburb area. A screening-level risk assessment showed that 4-nonylphenol and triclosan (TCS) pose potential risks to aquatic organisms in most sampling sites. For individual taxa, 4-NP may pose risks to various groups of aquatic organisms, while TCS only might pose high risks to algae. Capsule Higher contamination of EDCs and PPCPs was observed in rivers in urban area; 4-nonylphenol and triclosan showed RQs > 1 in > 70% of the reported area.

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