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Increased deposition of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) under an AC high voltage power line
University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9382-9296
University of Kalmar, School of Pure and Applied Natural Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Atmospheric Environment, ISSN 1352-2310, E-ISSN 1873-2844, Vol. 43, no 39, p. 6168-6174Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There is considerable public concern regarding the potential risks to health of electromagnetic fields in general and high-voltage power lines in particular. As epidemiological findings are not supported by a clearly defined mechanism of direct magnetic field interactions with the human body, potential indirect effects are of interest. It has been suggested that an increased exposure to chemical pollutants could occur near high-voltage power lines due to formation and deposition of charged aerosols. The current study reports empirical evidence that seems to support this hypothesis. The deposition of 18 congeners of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was studied by collecting samples of pine needles under a 400 kV AC power line and at reference sites in the vicinity. Compared to the reference sites, the average deposition of PCB congeners under the power line was almost double. This difference between the two groups of samples was statistically significant. While it is premature to draw any conclusions regarding the human exposure near high-voltage power lines, the issue deserves attention and further investigations

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2009. Vol. 43, no 39, p. 6168-6174
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Environmental Sciences
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Environmental Science, Environmental Chemistry; Natural Science, Environmental Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-2164DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.09.009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-2164DiVA, id: diva2:309214
Available from: 2010-04-06 Created: 2010-04-06 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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