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Levels, Seasonal Patterns, and Potential Sources of Organochlorine Pesticides in the Urban Atmosphere of Beijing, China

Authors
  • Zhang, Lifei1
  • Huang, Yeru1
  • Dong, Liang1
  • Shi, Shuangxin1
  • Zhou, Li1
  • Zhang, Ting1
  • Mi, Fangzhuo2
  • Zeng, Liangzi2
  • Shao, Dingding1
  • 1 National Research Center for Environmental Analysis and Measurement, State Environmental Protection Key Laboratory of Dioxin Pollution Control, No. 1 Yuhuinanlu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, 100029, China , Beijing (China)
  • 2 University of Science and Technology Beijing, Civil and Environment Engineering School, 30 Xueyuan Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100083, China , Beijing (China)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Oct 16, 2010
Volume
61
Issue
2
Pages
159–165
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00244-010-9612-4
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Yellow

Abstract

Air samples collected monthly on the roof of a building in Beijing were analyzed for the levels, seasonal patterns, and potential sources of organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). A high-volume air sampler with polyurethane foam and quartz fiber filters was used to collect monthly samples from November 2005 to April 2009. Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) and DDT isomers were the most abundant organochlorinated pesticides in the Beijing atmosphere. Higher OCP concentrations were generally found in summer, except for HCB. Coal combustion, waste incineration, and fuel combustion were assumed to be the potential HCB emission sources. Significant input of either of these OCPs during our study period was considered very unlikely.

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