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EC number: 284-366-9
CAS number: 84852-53-9
Fifteen halogenated flame retardants (HFRs) including seven emerging
brominated flame retardants (EBFRs) and eight dechlorane-related
compounds (DRCs) were analyzed in eels (Anguilla anguilla) sampled from
five Latvian lakes. Out of the seven EBFRs, hexabromocyclododecane
(HBCD) and decabromodiphenyl ethane (DBDPE) were found in eels in
quantifiable concentrations, up to 6.58 and 33.0 ng g 1 lipid weight
(l.w.), respectively. The determined concentrations of HFRs were lower
than in other studies of aquatic biota from Europe and Asia, and the
obtained results reflect the acceptable environmental status of Latvian
lakes with regard to the total content of HBCD (PHBCD), considering the
environmental quality standards (EQS) stated in the Directive
2013/39/EU. The highest PHBCD levels were observed in eels from lakes
corresponding to the industrialization of those areas, while the results
of principal component analysis (PCA) showed that the concentrations of
HBCD depended on the particular sampling lake, reflecting non-uniform
contamination of the Latvian environment with this EBFR.
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