Eurasian Soil Science

, 44:286 | Cite as

Polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, dibenzofurans, and biphenyls in soils of Moscow

  • A. A. Shelepchikov
  • E. S. Brodskii
  • D. B. Feshin
  • V. G. Zhil’nikov
  • E. Ya. Mir-Kadyrova
  • S. P. Balashova
Soil Chemistry

Abstract

The contents of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), dibenzofurans (PCDFs), and biphenyls (PCBs) in the soils of Moscow were estimated. The concentrations of PCDDs and PCDFs mainly vary in the range of 0.27–16.1 ng WHO-TEQ/kg with single points of very high contamination up to 57.3 ng WHO-TEQ/kg; the concentrations of PCBs are in the range of 2.1–50.8 ng/g with sites of high contamination up to 4020 ng/g. The contribution of dioxin-like PCBs to the total dioxin toxic equivalent is very high: from 16 to 85%. The high levels of PCDDs and PCDFs in the soils indicate the strong contamination of the atmospheric air. The main source of these compounds is apparently motor transport.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. A. Shelepchikov
    • 1
  • E. S. Brodskii
    • 1
  • D. B. Feshin
    • 1
  • V. G. Zhil’nikov
    • 1
  • E. Ya. Mir-Kadyrova
    • 1
  • S. P. Balashova
    • 2
  1. 1.Severtsov Institute of Ecology and EvolutionRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Glavekspertiza RossiiMoscowRussia

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