Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Soil Samples from Diboll, East Texas (USA)

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Summer 7-11-2019


Concentrations of six polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (benzanthrone, benz[a]anthracene, chrysene, fluoranthene, pyrene, and triphenylene) of soil samples from Diboll, an East Texas city (USA), were analyzed with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Samples were collected from five sites; Old Orchard Park, two heavy traffic intersections (Judd Street and Lumberjack Drive), an industrial site (West Borden Drive), and a truck stop. Acetone and dichloromethane extracts in all samples showed the presence of fluoranthene and pyrene. The sum of fluoranthene and pyrene concentrations in sites followed the order West Borden Drive > Judd Street > Lumberjack Drive > Old Orchard Park > truck stop. Concentrations of fluoranthene and pyrene were in the range 12.3 - 396.5 μg kg-1 (ppb) and 13.6 - 209.8 ppb (in dry soil), respectively. Benzanthrone, benz[a]anthracene, chrysene, and triphenylene concentrations were found below 0.2 ppb levels. The higher concentrations in soils were associated with sites close to heavy traffic and vehicular emissions.





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