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  1. E. J. Pole II

    Plastics absorb toxic chemicals. Do they then release these chemicals when ingested? What is the data on that?

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      1. E. J. Pole II

        Dr. Bogomolova, thank you for your reply. If you don’t mind a follow-up, I would appreciate it. The subject paper indicated that plastics absorbed toxic chemicals when placed in sea water. It went on to speculate that these toxins would then poison fauna when ingested. I’ wondering if there are any studies indicating that these plastics would release these toxins when passing through the digestive tract. If they don’t, it seems to me that plastics then would provide a beneficial service by cleaning the environment of these toxins and trapping them. A link to any papers on this would be most appreciated. Thank you.

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