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Polychlorinated Biphenyls In Urban Environment Of Belarus: Sources, Pollution, Problems Of Monitoring

  • Tamara Kukharchyk
  • Valery Khomich
  • Sergey Kakareka
  • Svetlana Utochkina
Part of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Series book series (NAPSC)

In the paper environmental problems connected with such dangerous chemicals as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are discussed. Sources of PCBs in Belarus, location of the main part of PCBs in cities and towns, as well as specificity of PCB discharges into environment are shown. The content of PCBs in urban soil of different functional zones is given. High level of soil pollution by PCBs in places of PCB-containing equipment installation and storage is revealed. The peculiarities of hot spots formation and spreading of PCBs beyond the places of PCB leakage are established. Pollution of bottom sediments of some aquatic ecosystems by PCBs is identified. The problems and perspectives of PCB monitoring in urban environment are discussed.

Keywords

polychlorinated biphenyls urban environment soil pollution bottom sediments monitoring 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tamara Kukharchyk
    • 1
  • Valery Khomich
    • 1
  • Sergey Kakareka
    • 1
  • Svetlana Utochkina
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Problems of Natural Resources Use & Ecology of National Academy of Sciences of BelarusBelarus
  2. 2.Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of the Republic of BelarusBelarus

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