Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2217–2227, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-2217-2017

Special issue: Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX)

Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2217–2227, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-2217-2017

Research article 14 Feb 2017

Research article | 14 Feb 2017

Benzo[a]pyrene in urban environments of eastern Moscow: pollution levels and critical loads

Nikolay S. Kasimov et al.

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Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is a toxic compound emitted from various anthropogenic sources. This study is the first attempt to evaluate all major input and output components of BaP balance in the land-use zones of the eastern district of Moscow. Based on measurements of BaP atmospheric fallout and reserves in the soils, the critical loads of BaP were calculated for different values of degradation intensity. Ecologically safe BaP levels in the soils will only be reached after many decades or centuries.
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