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Semivolatile organic compounds in window films from lower Manhattan after the September 11th World Trade Center attacks.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15296300     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The September 11th World Trade Center (WTC) terrorist attacks resulted in the large-scale release of contaminants that were deposited on the environment of New York City (NYC). Six weeks after the attacks, samples of an organic film on window surfaces were collected and analyzed for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCN), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). Concentrations dropped by an order of magnitude within 1 km of the WTC and reached background concentrations by 3.5 km. Concentrations within 1 km of the WTC averaged 3280 ng/m2 for sigmaPBDE, 900 ng/m2 for sigmaPCB, 33 ng/m2 for sigmaPCN, and 77100 ng/m2 for sigmaPAH. Congener profiles of the sites nearest the WTC suggested a combination of combustion and evaporative sources of all compounds, whereas the background sites exhibited profiles consistent with evaporative sources. PBDE profiles showed enrichment in lower molecular weight congeners near the WTC, suggesting that these congeners were formed as a result of the combustion conditions. Homologue fractions of PCN combustion markers were approximately 2-9 times greater at near WTC sites compared to background NYC. Gas-phase air concentrations were back-calculated from measured film concentrations using the film-air partition coefficient (KFA), and calculated air concentrations followed spatial trends observed in films.
Craig M Butt; Miriam L Diamond; Jennifer Truong; Michael G Ikonomou; Paul A Helm; Gary A Stern
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental science & technology     Volume:  38     ISSN:  0013-936X     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ. Sci. Technol.     Publication Date:  2004 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-08-05     Completed Date:  2004-11-01     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0213155     Medline TA:  Environ Sci Technol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3514-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Geography, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Air Pollutants / analysis*
Environmental Monitoring / statistics & numerical data*
Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Insecticides / analysis
Naphthalenes / analysis
New York City
Organic Chemicals / analysis*
Phenyl Ethers / analysis
Polybrominated Biphenyls / analysis
Polychlorinated Biphenyls / analysis
Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic / analysis
Principal Component Analysis
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Air Pollutants; 0/Insecticides; 0/Naphthalenes; 0/Organic Chemicals; 0/Phenyl Ethers; 0/Polybrominated Biphenyls; 0/Polychlorinated Biphenyls; 0/Polycyclic Hydrocarbons, Aromatic

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