Monday, 22 February 2016

Distribution of polychlorinated biphenyls, phthalic acid esters, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and organochlorine substances in the Moscow River, Russia

Volume 210, March 2016, Pages 409–418


The monitoring system creation of the Moscow River is necessary.
The wastewater plant is the source of the river contamination with triclosan.
The Moscow River is contaminated with the low chlorinated biphenyls.
There is a background contamination of the Moscow River with phthalates.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the levels of polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), phthalic acid esters (PAE), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) and organochlorine substances (OCP) in the Moscow River water. Some studies have reported the occurrence of these substances in the soil of the Moscow region; however, no study has yet established an overview for these compounds in the Moscow River water. In this study the Moscow River water contamination with PAEs, PAHs and OCPs was determined. Obtained results were associated with the resident area located on the river bank, and the possible contamination sources were considered. The obtained data were compared with the data on the contamination of the different world-wide rivers. This research indicates the further study necessity of the Moscow region to cover more contaminated sites and environmental compartments.

Graphical abstract

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  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs);
  • Organochlorine substances (OCPs);
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs);
  • Phthalic acid esters (PAEs);
  • Moscow River
This paper has been recommended for acceptance by Eddy Y. Zeng.
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