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Quantification of sources of PCBs to the atmosphere in urban areas: A comparison of cities in North America, Western Europe and former Yugoslavia

Authors

GASIC Bojan MACLEOD Matthew KLÁNOVÁ Jana SCHERINGER Martin ILIC Predrag LAMMEL Gerhard PAJOVIC Alexander BREIVIK Knut HOLOUBEK Ivan HUNGERBÜHLER Konrad

Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Environmental Pollution
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Science

Citation
Field Environment influence on health
Keywords Polychlorinated biphenyls Sampling campaign Multimedia modeling Emission source strength Former Yugoslavia
Description We present estimated emission source strengths of seven polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners for Banja Luka, a city that was affected by the civil war in Bosnia and Hercegovina (former Yugoslavia) in the 1990s. These emission estimates are compared to PCB emission rates estimated for the cities of Zurich, Switzerland, and Chicago, USA using an approach that combines multimedia mass balance modeling and measurement data. Our modeled per-capita emission estimates for Banja Luka are lower by a factor of ten than those for Zurich and Chicago, which are similar. This indicates that the sources of PCB emissions in Banja Luka are likely to be weaker than in the Western European and North American cities which show relatively high PCB emissions. Our emission rates from the three cities agree within a factor of ten with emission estimates from a global PCB emission inventory derived from production and usage estimates and emission factors.
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