Chemicals of Concern

The following chemicals are frequent targets of monitoring efforts because they persist in the environment, they build up in animal tissues, and they can be toxic.

Mercury

Mercury at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Mercury at the US Environmental Protection Agency

Mercury in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska at EPA Region 10

Mercury Reduction in Washington is an Ecology website.

Lead

Lead facts at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Lead at EPA Region 10

What is Lead? is an informative page at Ecology

Lead Chemical Action Plan is an Ecology publication that details Washington's lead-reduction strategies

Flame Retardants - Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)

PBDEs at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

PBDEs is a page at EPA

PBDEs at Ecology

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products

Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Municipal Wastewater and their Removal by Nutrient Treatment Technologies is an Ecology report from 2010.

Focus on Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products is an Ecology Focus Sheet

Polychlorinated biphenyls - (PCBs)

PCB facts at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

PCBs at EPA

Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska at EPA Region 10

Chlorinated Pesticides

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) links to chlorinated pesticides that are most frequently detected in Washington fish:

DDT, DDE, and DDD

Chlordane

Hexachlorobenzene

Aldrin and Dieldrin

Other links for pesticides

Types of Pesticides is a page at the EPA

National Pesticide Information Center is a cooperative agreement between Oregon State University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Pesticides in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska at EPA Region 10

Dioxins and Furans - Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-furans (PCDFs)

Dioxin and Furans at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons - (PAHs)

PAHs at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry