The 2013 Pulse of the Bay includes profiles on the chemicals that are the highest on the CEC surveillance radar screen. For each chemical or class of chemicals listed below, a synopsis is provided that describes the properties, uses, sources, environmental fate, occurrence, trends, risks, information gaps, and milestones in management.


  1. Perfluoroctane Sulfonate (PFOS)
  2. Alkylphenols and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates
  3. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs)
  4. Alternative Flame Retardants
  5. Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs)
  6. Triclosan
  7. Pyrethroids
  8. Fipronil
  9. Current Use Pesticides
  10. Nanoparticles or Nanomaterials
  11. Chlorinated Paraffins
  12. Polybrominated Dioxins and Furans


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