A Summary of the Literature on the Chemical Toxicity of Plastics Pollution on Aquatic Life …

The US EPA has published a new white paper on “A Summary of the Literature on the Chemical Toxicity of Plastics Pollution on Aquatic Life and Aquatic-Dependent Wildlife.”
Abstract: The amount of plastic debris, such as plastic bags and microbeads, entering marine and freshwater environments has increased significantly since the mass-production of plastics began in the 1940s and 1950s. The effect of plastic on aquatic organisms is not well understood beyond the obvious physical impacts. EPA has published a white paper to identify a state of the science on the toxicological effects of plastics and their associated chemicals on aquatic-dependent wildlife and aquatic life. The publication also identifies opportunities for research to improve the understanding of potential toxic impacts of plastic ingestion throughout the food web.
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