Overview of Chlorinated Paraffins in the Environment

  • WANG Yan;ZHU Haolin;LI Qilu;ZHENG Qian;HUANG Juan
  • 1. Key Laboratory of Organic Geochemistry, Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou 510640, China;2. College of Life Sciences, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing 210095, China;3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;4. Beijing Soil and Water Conservation Ecological Engineering Consulting Limited Company, Beijing 100055, China

Received date: 2012-06-25

  Revised date: 2012-07-04

  Online published: 2012-08-08


As a class of persistent, toxic, and bioaccumulated compounds, the chlorinated paraffins (CPs) can undergo a long-range atmospheric transport and be routinely detected in the various environment matrices. They are applied widely in industries as additives in lubricants and metal-working fluids, as flame retardants in plastics and sealants, and as plasticizers in polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The CPs, especially, the short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), which are under review by the Stockholm Convention, represent a potential 'new' category of POPs and have attracted the global concern. China is the largest producer and exporter of the CPs, but the environmental studies on the CPs are extremely scarce. The sources, the levels, the distributions, and the fate of the CPs in different environmental media are reviewed in this paper, as well as the research prospect of the CPs in China.

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WANG Yan;ZHU Haolin;LI Qilu;ZHENG Qian;HUANG Juan . Overview of Chlorinated Paraffins in the Environment[J]. Science & Technology Review, 2012 , 30(22) : 68 -72 . DOI: 10.3981/j.issn.1000-7857.2012.22.010