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Occurrence and leachability of polycyclic aromatic compounds in contaminated soils: Chemical and bioanalytical characterization
Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. (MTM Research Centre)
Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. (MTM Research Centre)
Örebro University, School of Science and Technology. Eurofins Environment Testing Sweden AB, Lidköping, Sweden. (MTM Research Centre)
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada.
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2018 (English)In: Science of the Total Environment, ISSN 0048-9697, E-ISSN 1879-1026, Vol. 622-623, p. 1476-1484Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

An important concern regarding sites contaminated with polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) is the risk of groundwater contamination by release of the compounds from soils. The goal of this study was to investigate the occurrence and leachability of 77 PACs including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic aromatic compounds (NSO-PACs) among total aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) agonists in soils from historical contaminated sites. A novel approach combining chemical and bioanalytical methods in combination with characterization of leachability by use of a column leaching test was used. Similar profiles of relative concentrations of PACs were observed in all soils, with parent PAHs accounting for 71 to 90% of total concentrations in soils. Contribution of oxy-PAHs, alkyl-PAHs and N-PACs ranged from 2 to 9%, 3 to 9% and 1 to 14%, respectively. Although the contributions of groups of PACs were small, some compounds were found in similar or greater concentrations than parent PAHs. Leachable fractions of 77 PACs from soils were small and ranged from 0.002 to 0.54%. Polar PACs were shown to be more leachable than parent PAHs. The contribution of analyzed PACS to overall AhR-mediated activities in soils and leachates suggests presence of other AhR agonists in soils, and a potential risk. Only a small fraction of AhR agonists was available in soils, indicating an overestimation of the risk if only total initial concentrations in soils would be considered in risk assessment. The results of the study strongly support that focus on 16US EPA PAHs may result in inadequate assessment of risk and hazard of PACs in complex environmental samples.

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Elsevier, 2018. Vol. 622-623, p. 1476-1484
Keywords [en]
Alkyl-PAHs; Oxy-PAHs; NSO-heterocyclic compounds; Ah receptor; H4IIE-luc bioassay; Column leaching test
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Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64301DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.12.015ISI: 000426349000143Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85038841340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64301DiVA, id: diva2:1174732
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Knowledge Foundation, 2013/0157
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Funding Agencies:

Applicera and Formas  210-2014-87 

Canada Research Chair program  

State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs  GDT20143200016 

P.R. China  

Chinese Academy of Sciences  

Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the School of Biological Sciences of the University of Hong Kong  

Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada  326415-07 

Western Economic Diversification Canada  6578  6807  000012711 

Canada Foundation for Infrastructure  

Available from: 2018-01-16 Created: 2018-01-16 Last updated: 2018-08-16Bibliographically approved
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1. Characterization of PAC-contaminated soil with the focus on availability, leachability and biological activities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Characterization of PAC-contaminated soil with the focus on availability, leachability and biological activities
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Current risk assessments of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs)-contaminated soil are often based on the 16 priority PAHs and do not consider availability of PACs in soil sufficiently. This may lead to uncertainties of the assessment, since important contaminants can be overlooked and only a small fraction of contaminants is available for the uptake for organisms. The overall aim of this thesis was to develop a refined and enhanced analytical approach based on both chemical and bioassay analysis coupled to passive sampling with polyoxymethylene (POM) and leaching tests that can provide a more comprehensive picture of chemical pollution at PAC-contaminated sites. To achieve this, bioassay-specific relative potency factors (REPs) of PACs were determined for the H4IIE-luc bioassay, detecting AhR-mediated activity, and for the VM7luc4E2 transactivation assay, detecting ER-mediated activity for the use in potency-balance analysis. Results of uptake-experiments of PACs in earthworms and POM suggested that POM is a suitable tool to study availability of AhR and ER agonists in soil. Availability and mobility of PACs in soil were investigated by the use of POM and leaching tests. The results of potency-balance analysis showed that in soil samples, in POM-fractions or in leachates, a large fraction of AhR- or ER-agonists remained unexplained, despite the use of a large number of REPs. In addition, coupling of chemical and biological analysis to passive sampling or leaching tests revealed that only a small fraction of the total mass of PACs in the soil is available or leachable in soil. The results suggests that the use of only the total concentration in soil while ignoring unknown toxicants will lead to great uncertainties in the risk assessment. Therefore, effect-based screening using bioassays, taking availability and mobility of compounds into account, as well as a widened chemical analysis should be included in modern hazard- and risk assessment of PAH contaminated soils.

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Örebro: Örebro University, 2018. p. 57
Series
Örebro Studies in Biology, ISSN 1650-8793 ; 11
Keywords
Polycyclic aromatic compounds; Availability, Mobility, Soil, Risk assessment, AhR-mediated activity, ER-mediated activity
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Other Biological Topics
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-63314 (URN)978-91-7529-225-0 (ISBN)
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2018-02-09, Örebro universitet, Hörsalen, Musikhögskolan, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-12-12 Created: 2017-12-12 Last updated: 2018-01-26Bibliographically approved

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