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Composition, Distribution, and Characterization of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Sandstorm Depositions in Beijing, China

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This study was conducted to determine the concentration of 8 polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in sandstorm depositions in Beijing, China. The PBDE concentrations in 10 samples collected in Beijing ranged from 8.47 to 29.02 ng g−1, with BDE-209 as the predominant congener (>85%). Principal component analysis revealed that the major source of PBDEs in Beijing may be potentially associated with deca-BDE. Furthermore, increasing PBDE contamination was observed from northwest to east Beijing. Finally, possible factors affecting contamination of the sandstorm depositions were subsequently explored revealing a significant correlation between ΣPBDEs and the minimum particle size of the sandstorm deposition samples.

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This study was supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (No. 2007BAC27B01) and the National Natural Scientific Foundation of China (No. 20707031).

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Fu, S., Yang, Z.Z., Zhang, L. et al. Composition, Distribution, and Characterization of Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in Sandstorm Depositions in Beijing, China. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 83, 193–198 (2009).

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  • Beijing
  • China
  • Pollution
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers
  • Sandstorm deposition