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Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products, and Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Puget Sound Sediments: 2010-2019 Data Summary

Publication number Date Published
21-03-015December 2021
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Appendix A. Case narratives, data packages, and quality review reports
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Appendix B. Holding time and container type comparisons
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Appendices C and D. Chem summary stats and Literature review
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Appendix E. Scatterplots of chemical concentrations
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Appendix F. Chemical concentrations
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Author(s) Dutch, M., V. Partridge, S. Weakland, and D. Burgess
Description Concentrations of 118 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) and 24 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were measured in surface sediments collected from six urban bays and throughout Puget Sound from 2010 through 2019.

Forty-three (36.4%) of 118 PPCPs were detected in 571 (3.0%) of 19,228 results. Diphenhydramine (an antihistamine), triclocarban (an antibiotic), and triamterene (a diuretic) were detected most frequently. Detectable levels of nine (37.5%) of 24 PFAS were measured in 71 (1.7%) of 4,189 results. Perfluorooctanesulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorohexanoate (PFHxA) were detected most frequently. Occurrence and concentrations for both PPCPs and PFAS were low, incidence and spatial extent values differed widely among sampling frames, and the spatial distribution of detected chemicals also differed from one sampling frame to the next, reflecting unique chemical “signatures” in each bay.

A literature review revealed that some PPCPs and PFAS detected in our sediments have been detected in other environmental media in Puget Sound and elsewhere. The presence of these chemicals throughout the ecosystem suggests that future work to help us understand and manage PPCPs and PFAS in Puget Sound is necessary.
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Keywords perfluoroalkyl substances, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, sediment, Puget Sound, polyfluoroalkyl substances, Puget Sound Sediment Monitoring Program
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