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Atmospheric fate of poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs): II. Emission source strength in summer in Zurich, Switzerland
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
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2012 (English)In: Environmental Pollution, ISSN 0269-7491, E-ISSN 1873-6424, Vol. 169, 204-209 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fluorotelomer alcohols (FTOHs) and perfluorooctane sulfonamides (FOSAs) are present in consumer products and are semi-volatile precursors of persistent perfluoroallcyl acids (PFAAs). The high variability of levels of FrOHs and FOSAs in products makes it difficult to derive FTOH- and FOSA-emissions from urban areas based on emission factors. Here we used a multimedia mass balance model that describes the day-night cycle of semi-volatile organic chemicals in air to interpret measurements of 8:2 FTOH, 10:2 FTOH, MeFOSA and EtFOSA from a sampling campaign in summer 2010 in Zurich, Switzerland. The estimated emission source strength of the four substances follows the sequence: 8:2 FTOH (2.6 g/h) > 10:2 FTOH (0.75 g/h) > MeFOSA (0.08 g/h) > EtFOSA (0.05 g/h). There is no FTOHs- or FOSAs-related industry in Zurich. Accordingly, our estimates are representative of diffusive emissions during use and disposal of consumer products, and describe noticeable sources of these PFASs to the environment.

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2012. Vol. 169, 204-209 p.
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Fluorotelomer alcohols (FTOHs), Perfluorooctane sulfonamides (FOSAs), Emission source strength, Nocturnal boundary layer, Diel pattern
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81265DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2012.03.037ISI: 000307144600033OAI: diva2:560573


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