Friday, 6 October 2006
South Ballroom (Binghamton Regency Hotel and Conference Center)

Examination of polychlorinated biphenyl affinity with sediment grain size and organic matter

Amanda Whittemore, Sharon Kanfoush, Terri Provost, and Curtis R. Pulliam. Utica College, Utica, NY

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of synthetic, stable, non-polar organic contaminants that were widely used between the 1930's and 1970's for industrial applications. Their chemical properties, such as chemical stability, high boiling point, non-flammability, and electrical insulating properties have resulted in a high degree of environmental persistence of PCBs in air, water, and soil. The Utica Marsh, NY, an urban wetland, is the focus of this study, as it is suspect to have a large polychlorinated biphenyl concentration. This study determined the size and organic content of soil in the Utica Marsh which is of interest since some studies have shown a correlation between PCB and the total organic content and particle size. A known method of extraction was then adapted and applied in an attempt to determine the potential of PCB affinity towards various sized soil sediments and organic matter in the Utica Marsh.

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