Banned Chemicals Continue Hounding Ocean Life: What Are PCBs And PBDEs?

ALICE BOUSTANY | February 16, 2017

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The deep ocean is not a safe place, as shown by new research finding evidence of high levels of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in marine animals in the Mariana and Kermadec Trenches, two of the deepest marine trenches in the world. Based on recent analyses, tiny crustaceans thriving in the trenches’ dark waters are laced with toxic chemicals already banned decades ago: polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polybrominated diphenyl (PBDEs). These highly toxic industrial chemicals, banned in the late 1970s, do not break down in the environment and were previously discovered at high amounts in marine creatures in Western Europe as well as the Inuit people in Canadian Arctic.

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