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Polychlorinated biphenyls in digested UK sewage sludges.

Alcock, R. E. and Jones, K. C. (1993) Polychlorinated biphenyls in digested UK sewage sludges. Chemosphere, 26 (12). pp. 2199-2207.

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Abstract

Twelve sewage sludges from rural, urban and industrial waste water treatment works in north west England were analysed for polychlorinated biphenyls by capillary GC-ECD. The total polychlorinated biphenyl content ranged between 106 to 712 μg/kg, with a mean of 292 μg/kg. Di- and penta-chlorinated congeners made the greatest contribution to the ΣPCB concentrations at most sites. The 6 IUPAC congeners were found in the following order of abundance, 101>180>153>138>52>28. Industrial inputs would appear to influence levels of ΣPCB in the sludge. If these sludges were ploughed into arable land at typical rates only a slight elevation in soil ΣPCB levels would result. Alternatively, if the same quantity of sludge were applied to the surface of pasture grassland, significant elevations in the potential transfer of PCBs to grazing livestock may result.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Chemosphere
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 22570
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2009 12:04
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:02
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/22570

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