Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 247–256 | Cite as

Ambient air concentrations of PCDDs, PCDFs, coplanar PCBs, and PAHs at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Jackson County, Mississippi

  • Donald H. White
  • Joe W. Hardy


Our objective was to determine the levels of selected airborne contaminants in ambient air at the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi, that might be affecting the health of endangered cranes living there. Two high-volume air samplers were operated at separate locations on the Refuge during May–September 1991. The sampling media were micro-quartz filters in combination with polyurethane foam plugs. Composite bimonthly samples from each station were analyzed for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs), coplanar polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Overall, residue concentrations were low. The toxic PCDD isomer 2,3,7,8-tetra-CDD was not detected, nor was penta-CDD. There was no difference (P>0.05) in residue concentrations between stations or over time and meteorological parameters were not correlated with residue concentrations. Because contaminant levels and patterns may differ seasonally, we recommend that air samples collected during winter months also be analyzed for these same chemical groups.


Foam PAHs Polyurethane PCBs Biphenyl 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald H. White
    • 1
  • Joe W. Hardy
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Survey, Warnell School of Forest ResourcesThe University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife RefugeU.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceGautierUSA

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