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Dioxin Reports

In the mid 1980s the NJDEP Division of Science, Research and Technology (DSRT) began investigations into the environmental sources and fate of chemicals known to be contaminated with dioxins and the equally toxic class of chemicals called furans. As a result of these studies new methodologies were developed for performing aquatic field studies, congener specific chemical analyses, and human health risk assessments. In addition to supplying near-field site-specific data for the hazardous waste site investigation at the Diamond-Alkali facility, held responsible for the contamination, DSRT also investigated the environmental fate and transport of dioxin/furans to the ecosystem and human food chain (e.g., fish, crabs and lobsters) for the tidal Passaic River, Newark and Raritan Bays, and the oceanic waters of the New York Bight. The reports also discuss possible associations with the then common practice of inshore ocean disposal for sewage sludge and dredged materials. Bioaccumulation results for fish, blue crabs, and American lobsters (collected from the Harbor Estuary and the New York Bight) revealed widespread dioxin contamination out to the continental shelf.


A Study of Dioxin (2, 3, 7, 8-TCDD) Contamination in Select Finfish, Crustaceans and Sediments of New Jersey Waterways. NJ Department of Environmental Protection, Technical Report -(1985)
(PDF format - 18.4 mb)

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin (TCDD) and 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Furan (TCDF) in Blue Crabs and American Lobsters from the New York Bight - 1988
(PDF format - 1.63mb)

For questions regarding these reports, please contact Thomas Belton.

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