Historical record of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and special occurrence of PCB 209 in a shallow fresh-water lake from eastern China

Shouliang Huo, Chaocan Li, Beidou Xi, Zhiqiang Yu, Kevin M. Yeager, Fengchang Wu

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Concentrations of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were measured in dated sediment cores collected from the fifth largest freshwater lake in China, Lake Chaohu, to investigate PCB temporal trends, accumulation, and environmental fate. Total PCB concentrations in Lake Choahu sediments ranged from 0.03 to 24.11 ng g−1 (d.w.). PCB 209 was the dominant congener, accounting for 45.5%–83.9% of total PCBs detected after the mid-20th century. All PCB congeners were positively correlated with total organic carbon (TOC) concentrations. TOC-normalized PCB concentrations exhibited three stages of variation over time: a slight increase from their emergence in the early 20th century, followed by a rapid increase since the late 1950s (peaking in the late 1980s), before a general decrease to the present. Both compositional PCB patterns and principal component analysis (PCA) indicated a source switch from commercial PCBs to other sources. Major contributions of PCB209 to total PCBs in Lake Chaohu sediments is a highlight of this study, with results showing that PCB209 was derived from the upstream city of Hefei, and the production of phthalocyanine-type pigments is the likely source of PCB209.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)832-840
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2017

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The National key research and development program of China (2017YFJC050004), and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 41521003) supported this study.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Elsevier Ltd


  • Historical record
  • PCB209 flux
  • Polychlorinated biphenyl
  • Source apportionment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry (all)
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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