Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 185, Issue 6, pp 4887–4896 | Cite as

A preliminary investigation of BDE-209, OCPs, and PAHs in urban road dust from Yangtze River Delta, China

  • Shuangxin ShiEmail author
  • Yeru Huang
  • Li Zhou
  • Wenlong Yang
  • Liang Dong
  • Lifei Zhang
  • Xiulan Zhang


Urban road dust samples were collected from different land use areas in Suzhou, Wuxi, and Nantong, Yangtze River Delta, China. The dust samples were analyzed for the levels and compositional profiles of deca-polybrominated diphenyl ethers (Deca-BDE), 22 organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), and 16 polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The levels of BDE-209, ∑OCPs, and ∑PAHs in samples ranged from 4.01–1,439 μg/kg, 3.15–615 μg/kg, and 2.24–58.2 mg/kg, respectively. PAHs were the predominant target compounds in road dust samples, comprising on average 97.7 % of total compounds. The spatial gradient of the pollutants (commercial/residential area> industrial area > urban park concentrations) was observed in the present study. The results indicated that the levels of BDE-209, OCPs, and PAHs observed in road dust were usually linked to anthropogenic activities in the urban environment. In addition, there might be a reflection of current usage or emissions of OCPs in urban environment.


Urban road dust BDE-209 OCPs PAHs Yangtze River Delta 



This program was financially supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (grant no.: 2009CB42160X).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shuangxin Shi
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yeru Huang
    • 1
  • Li Zhou
    • 1
  • Wenlong Yang
    • 1
  • Liang Dong
    • 1
  • Lifei Zhang
    • 1
  • Xiulan Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.National Research Center for Environmental Analysis and Measurements, Dioxin Pollution Control Key LaboratoryState Environmental Protection AdministrationBeijingChina

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