Persistent Organic Chemicals in the Pacific Basin Countries: An Overview
Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology
The Pacific Basin is a unique geographical region representing tropical, temperate and polar zones. This region is home to 2/3 of world’s population and consists of rapidly growing economies (countries) and highly developed countries. The Pacific Basin countries have had a history of use of persistent organic chemicals (POCs) at varying proportions during the last five decades. Due to diverse climatic and socio-economic conditions, the environment and biota in different countries in this basin have varying degrees of environmental contamination and effects on wildlife and humans. In this chapter, the historical background of POCs including, discovery, production, use, regulations/restrictions imposed, current status and possible future trends are reviewed especially focusing on the countries in the Pacific Rim.
Loganathan, B.G. 2016. Persistent organic chemicals in the Pacific Basin countries: An overview. In. Persistent Organic Chemicals in the Environment: Status and trends in the Pacific Basin Countries I. Eds. Loganathan, BG., Khim, JS., Kodavanti, PR., Masunaga, S. ACS Symposium Series Vol. 1243. American Chemical Society and Oxford University Press. 1-15 pp.