Distribution and source apportionment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (pahs) in surface soils from five different locations in Klang Valley, Malaysia

Ee Von Lau, Suyin Gan, Hoon Kiat Ng

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Abstract

The concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soil samples were measured at five different sites within Klang Valley, Malaysia. The results showed that the total concentrations of the fourteen priority PAHs ranged from 64 to 155 lg/kg. Irrespective of the land use, all the measured soil PAH concentrations in this study were significantly lower than that found in soil samples in temperate regions. The profile of PAHs in the soils was dominated by the LMW PAHs. The PAHs in Klang Valley soils originated from pyrogenic sources, with a combination of petroleum and biomass combustion in vehicles, industries and non-point sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)741-746
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Volume88
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Isomer ratio
  • PAHs
  • Soil
  • Source apportionment

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