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Author(s): Nuno Ratola
Noelia Domínguez-Morueco
Mariana Carvalho
Jordi Sierra
Marta Schuhmacher
José Luis Domingo
Martí Nadal
Title: Multi-component determination of atmospheric semi-volatile organic compounds in soils and vegetation from Tarragona County, Catalonia, Spain
Issue Date: 2018
Abstract: Tarragona County (Spain) is home to the most important chemical/petrochemical industrial complex in SouthernEurope, which raises concerns about the presence and effects of the numerous environmental contaminants. Inorder to assess the levels and patterns of five classes of semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) - polycyclic aromatichydrocarbons (PAHs), synthetic musks (SMs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), brominated flame retardants(BFRs) and one organochlorine pesticide, hexachlorobenzene (HCB), 27 samples of soil and vegetation(Piptatherum L.) from different areas (petrochemical, chemical, urban/residential, and background) of TarragonaCounty were analysed. The results show that PAHs levels in soils ranged from 45.12 to 158.00 ng/g and the urbanareas presented the highest concentrations, mainly associated with the presence of a nearby highway and severalroads with heavy traffic. PAHs levels in vegetation samples ranged from 42.13 to 80.08 ng/g, where the greatestinfluence came from the urban and petrochemical areas. In the case of SMs, levels in soils and vegetation samplesranged from 5.42 to 10.04 ng/g and from 4.08 to 17.94 ng/g, respectively, and in both cases, background areas (atleast 30 km away from the main SVOCs emission sources) showed the highest levels, suggesting an influence ofthe personal care products derived from beach-related tourism in the coast. PCBs (from 6.62 to 14.07 ng/g insoils; from 0.52 to 4.41 ng/g in vegetation) prevailed in the chemical area in both matrices, probably associated with the presence of two sub-electrical stations located in the vicinities. In general terms, BFRs and HCB valuesrecorded in soil and vegetation samples were quite similar between matrices and sampling areas.© 2018 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10216/115491
Related Information: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia/Projetos Estratégicos/UID/EQU/00511/2013 - POCI-01-0145-FEDER-006939/Laboratório de Engenharia de Processos, Ambiente, Biotecnologia e Energia/LEPABE
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
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