Table 1.

List of acronyms.

acronymmeaning
BDbrominated diphenylether congener
BDEsbrominated diphenylethers
BPAbisphenol A
CBchlorinated biphenyl congener
DDD2,2′-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dischloroethane
DDE2,2′-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1-dischloroethylene
DDT2,2′-bis(p-chlorophenyl)-1,1-trichloroethane
DDTsDDT and its metabolites (i.e. DDD and DDE)
DEHPdiethylhexyl phthalate
DMPdimethyl phthalate
DOCdissolved organic carbon
E1estrone
E2oestradiol
E3estriol
EDCsendocrine-disrupting chemicals
EEQoestradiol-equivalent concentration
FTIRFourier transform infrared spectroscopy
GC-ECDgas chromatograph equipped with an electron capture detector
GDPgross domestic products
HCHshexachlorocyclohexanes
HDPEhigh-density polyethylene
HOCshydrophobic organic contaminants
MWmolecular weight
NOECno-effect concentration
NPnonylphenol
OPoctylphenol
PAHspolycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
PBDEspolybrominated diphenylethers
PCBspolychlorinated biphenyls
PCEtetrachloroethylene
PEpolyethylene
PVCpolyvinyl chloride
SMLsea-surface microlayer
SOMsorbent organic matter
Tgglass transition temperature
TNPtrisnonylphenolphosphites
UVultraviolet