Environmental Chemistry Letters

, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 21–25

Monitoring of waste deposit derived groundwater contamination with organic tracers

Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10311-003-0054-3

Cite this article as:
Heim, S., Schwarzbauer, J. & Littke, R. Environ Chem Lett (2004) 2: 21. doi:10.1007/s10311-003-0054-3


Specific anthropogenic substances derived from seepage and leakage water from a waste deposit landfill were analysed in groundwater and drainage effluents using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Here, we demonstrate the application of an organic marker approach to study lateral and vertical distribution of contamination as well as the long-term emission behaviour. Source-specific and environmentally-stable pesticides, plasticisers and pharmaceuticals, such as N,N-diethyl toluamide, N-butyl benzene sulfonamide, clofibric acid, mecoprop and bisphenol A, were quantitatively analysed. A distinct lateral expansion was detected. Although temporal variations were high, no significant trend was observed.


Groundwater Landfill leachates Organic marker compounds Organic pollutants 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geology and Geochemistry of Petroleum and CoalAachen University52056 AachenGermany

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