Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) and dioxin concentrations in residential dust of pregnant women

A.L. Hinwood, A.C. Callan, Jane Heyworth, D. Rogic, J. De Araujo, R. Crough, G. Mamahit, N. Piro, A. Yates, G.J. Stevenson, J.O. Odland

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© 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dioxins are well known for their persistence in the environment. PCBs can be found in the residential environment long after the use of these chemicals in domestic products and industrial processes has ceased. Dioxins have been assessed in Australia as being of very low concentrations. Despite concerns about residential dust as a source of human exposure to persistent chemicals, there has been limited testing of PCBs and dioxins in dust in Australia. As part of an assessment of maternal exposure to a variety of persistent toxic substances, we analysed 30 residential dust samples from a variety of geographical settings for their dioxin and PCB concentrations. PCBs were found in most samples, the median and range concentrations (pg g-1) of dominant congeners of PCB were as follows: PCB118 (315;
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2758-2763
JournalEnvironmental Science: Processes and Impacts
Issue number12
Early online date30 Sept 2014
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2014


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