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Focus on Perfluorinated Compounds: PFCs in Washington State Rivers and Lakes

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10-03-044August 2010
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Author(s) Furl, C. and C. Meredith
Description In 2008, Ecology conducted an exploratory effort seeking information on 13 perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) statewide in surface waters, wastewater treatment plant effluents, and fish tissues. Additionally, PFC concentrations were measured from 11 osprey eggs from the Lower Columbia River.

Generally speaking, total PFC concentrations in all matrices recorded as part of the study were within or below the range of values recorded at other United States locations. The maximum osprey egg concentration (910 ng/g) was the second highest recorded value for that medium. Atmospheric transport and municipal treatment plant discharges are important sources to surface waters.
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Keywords lakes, Columbia River, fish, river, water, Ecology
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Perfluorinated Compounds in Washington Rivers and Lakes