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Levels, Isomer Profiles, and Estimated Riverine Mass Discharges of Perfluoroalkyl Acids and Fluorinated Alternatives at the Mouths of Chinese Rivers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry. Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU), FRAM − High North Research Centre on Climate and the Environment, Norway.
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2016 (English)In: Environmental Science and Technology, ISSN 0013-936X, E-ISSN 1520-5851, Vol. 50, no 21, 11584-11592 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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An extensive sampling campaign was undertaken to study the levels, isomer profiles and riverine mass discharges of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) and fluorinated alternatives in 19 Chinese rivers. The levels and homologue profiles of Sigma(10)PFAAs varied considerably among the 19 rivers (mean 106; median 16.3, range 8.91240 ng/L), indicating the influence of specific point sources. Highly branched isomer profiles of perfluorooctanoic acid (1825% br-PFOA) in rivers with elevated concentrations (96352 ng/L) indicate that releases during production of PFOA by electrochemical fluorination and/or its use in fluoropolymer manufacture were the dominant sources to these rivers. The fluorinated alternatives 6:2 fluorotelomer sulfonate (detection frequency 21%, < 0.13.1 ng/L) and chlorinated polyfluoroalkyl ether sulfonate F-53B (51%, < 0.5678.5 ng/L) were also found in some rivers. The total Chinese riverine mass discharges of PFOA (mean 80.9; range 16.8168 t/y) (including monitoring data from this and other studies) were in good agreement with theoretical PFOA emission estimates (17.3203 t/y) whereas riverine mass discharges of PFOS (mean 3.6; range 1.95.6 t/y) could only account for a minor fraction of theoretically estimated PFOS releases (70 t/y). This study provides empirical evidence that emissions from Chinese point sources likely dominate the global emissions of several legacy PFASs (notably PFOA) and fluorinated alternatives (e.g., F-53B).

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2016. Vol. 50, no 21, 11584-11592 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-137643DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b03752ISI: 000386991100018PubMedID: 27689437OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-137643DiVA: diva2:1063636
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