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Source Identification and Concentration Distribution of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Environmental Media Around Industrial Complexes


In order to grasp the concentration distribution and identify sources of PCBs, air and soil samples around Sihwa and Banwol industrial area in Korea were analyzed. In result, the polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) concentration of air and soil was ranged from 2.08 to 5.82 ng/m3 (0.0686–1.01 pg WHO-TEQ/m3) and 2.43 to 274 ng/g dry (0.116–60.5 pg WHO-TEQ/g dry), respectively. Air and soil samples showed the very similar isomer composition pattern in each homologue by matrix, respectively. As a result of MLR for soil samples, the whole contribution rate of PCBs products (Aroclor) to soil was ~2 times higher than combustion.

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This paper was supported by the international collaborative research funds of Chonbuk National University.

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Park, S.U., Kim, J.G., Masunaga, S. et al. Source Identification and Concentration Distribution of Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Environmental Media Around Industrial Complexes. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 83, 859 (2009).

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  • PCBs
  • PCA
  • MLR
  • Source identification