Long-term field measurement of sorption of organic contaminants to five types of plastic pellets: implications for plastic marine debris.

  title={Long-term field measurement of sorption of organic contaminants to five types of plastic pellets: implications for plastic marine debris.},
  author={Chelsea M. Rochman and Eunha Hoh and Brian T. Hentschel and Shawn Kaye},
  journal={Environmental science \& technology},
  volume={47 3},
Concerns regarding marine plastic pollution and its affinity for chemical pollutants led us to quantify relationships between different types of mass-produced plastic and organic contaminants in an urban bay. At five locations in San Diego Bay, CA, we measured sorption of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) throughout a 12-month period to the five most common types of mass-produced plastic: polyethylene terephthalate (PET), high-density polyethylene… 

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