Sources, Concentrations, Fate and Effects of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Environment. Part A: PAHs in Air
B. Maliszewska-Kordybach
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Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation, Czartoryskich 9, 24-100 Pulawy, Poland
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 1999;8(3):131-136
The paper provides a review of contemporary information on the concentrations, burdens and fate of polycycylic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the atmosphere, with reference to the historical trends in PAH emissions. The main anthropogenic sources of PAHs and their effect on the concentrations of these compounds in air in national-regional scale are discussed. The fate of PAHs in the air, their persistence and the main mechanisms of their losses are presented. Health hazard associated with the pollution of air with PAHs is stressed out.
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