Title: Monitoring of persistent organic pollutants: water reservoirs of Armenia 
Resource Type: document --> technical publication --> proceedings / conference paper(s) 
Country: EU Projects 
Year of publication: 2003 
Availability: Aleksandryan, A. et al. (2003) Monitoring of persistent organic pollutants: water reservoirs of Armenia. Persistent Toxic Substances Contamination of the European Region as a reflection of results of the GEF/UNEP Regional Based Assessment of Persistent Toxic Substances (RBA PTS) in Europe, the implementation of the Stockholm Convention and 'Community Strategy for Dioxins, Furans and PCBs 
Author 1/Producer: Aleksandryan, A. 
Other Authors/Producers: Sakhkalyan, E. O., Khachatryan, A. V. 
Author / Producer Type: EC Project 
Report / download web link (=direct link): http://www.recetox.muni.cz/coe/sources/workshop_1_rba_pts/VI ...  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Diffuse pollution-->Contaminants-->Persistent Organic Pollutants
 
Short description: Monitoring studies were performed to examine the content of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): DDT, HCH, Lindane, Hexachlorbenzene, and Heptachlor in water reservoirs of the Republic of Armenia. Our findings demonstrated that the levels of DDT, HCH (α and β) and lindane significantly decreased in water samples as compared to previous years. In some particular cases DDT and HCH were not determined. Detection of DDT and HCH in water samples allows concluding that these pesticides continue to be illegally applied by private owners at some agricultural farms. The amounts of Heptachlor and Hexachlorbenzene revealed in samples of water result from activity of some industrial enterprises and processes at which PCBs and Hexachlorbenzene are used or generated. In Armenia already in late 1960s the problem of environmental pollution arose, as organochlorine pesticides were widely used. The reason for their large-scale application was conditioned by general versatility of these preparations. Many of them possessed acaricidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties. It was stated that both by the quantities applied and by the assortment (taking into account the formulations as well), organoclorine pesticides took the first place amongst all other pesticides, not to take into consideration such traditionally used substances as slaked lime, copper sulfate (blue vitriol) and compounds of sulfur. 
Link to Project(s): RECETOX Centre of Excellence in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology
 
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