Screening of phenolic substances in the Nordic environments

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The aim of this Nordic study was to investigate the occurrence of different phenolic substances in the Nordic environment. The phenolic substances include both long and short chain alkylphenols, some bisphenols and monoetoxylates of octyl- and nonylphenols. Most of the selected substances are so-called high production volume (HPV) chemicals and are considered being more or less persistent in the environment and/or hazardous to aquatic organisms. Some are of even greater concern due to endocrine effects.




In 2001 the Nordic countries initiated screening projects for potentially hazardous substances in the environment. Among the substances screened so far are synthetic musk substances (2002), perfluorinated alkylated (PFAS) substances (2003) and siloxanes (2004), and bronopol, resorcinol, m-cresol and triclosan (2005), where the specific years represents the time of sampling. In 2006, a new screening project covering selected phenols in the Nordic environment was initiated.


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