Determination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in sediment and biota.
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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are environmental contaminants regulated by the Stockholm Convention of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), and are included on the OSPAR List of Chemicals for Priority Action due to their persistence, potential to bioaccumulate, and toxicity. Analysis of the ICES-7 PCBs (CB28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153, and 180), in sediment and biota, is a mandatory requirement of the OSPAR Co- ordinated Environmental Monitoring Programme (CEMP). Three of the four non- ortho (CB77, 126 and 169) are classed as pre-CEMP determinands at the time of publication, and analysis in biota is recommended but on a voluntary basis. This document provides advice on the analysis of PCBs in biota and sediment, including non-ortho PCBs. The determination of PCBs in sediment and biota generally involves extraction with organic solvents, clean-up, and gas chromatographic separation with electron capture detection or mass spectrometry. Due to the low concentrations of non-ortho substitu.....
PublisherInternational Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
Series;NrICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences; 53
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.1
Best Practice TypeStandard Operating Procedure
CitationWebster, L.; Roose, P.; Bersuder, B.; Kotterman, M.; Haarich, M. and Vorkamp, K. (2013) Determination of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in sediment and biota. ICES Techniques in Marine Environmental Sciences, No. 53. 18pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-237