Characterization of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons associated with PM10 emitted from the largest composting facility in the Middle East

Abbas Norouzian Baghani, Zohreh Bahmani, Armin Sorooshian, Mahdi Farzadkia, Ramin Nabizadeh, Mahdieh Delikhoon, Abdullah Barkhordari, Roshanak Rezaei Kalantary, Somayeh Golbaz, Majid Kermani, Qadir Ashournejad, Abbas Shahsavani

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Abstract

This work reports a characterization of PAHs-PM10, including associated health effects in the largest composting facility in Tehran, Iran. Measured PAHs-PM10 stemmed primarily from petrogenic sources with mean concentrations between 231.19 to 401.25 ng m−3. The distribution pattern of PAHs (in terms of ring number) exhibited the following order when combining all sites: 3 > 4 > 5 > 6 > 2 rings. The average cumulative excess lifetime cancer risk values estimated for PAHs-PM10 surpassed the U.S. EPA limit (1 × 10−6): refining site (3.31 × 10−4) > processing site (1.75 × 10−4) > aeration site (9.81 × 10−5).

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalToxin Reviews
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Composting facility
  • high-molecular weight
  • petrogenic sources
  • polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
  • risk assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology

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