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Concentrations of decabromodiphenyl ether in air from Southern Ontario : implications for particle-bound transport.

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  • T. Gouin
  • G. O. Thomas
  • C. Chaemfa
  • T. Harner
  • D. Mackay
  • K. C. Jones
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2006
Number of pages6
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Atmospheric concentrations are reported for the main component of the brominated flame retardant decaBDE (BDE-209) in air samples collected from Southern Ontario for the period January 23–June 06, 2002. Levels ranged from below detection to 105 pg m−3 with virtually all of BDE-209 being trapped by the filter and thus deduced to be sorbed to aerosol particles. Thus, it is likely that the long-range atmospheric transport (LRAT) of BDE-209 is controlled by the transport characteristics of the aerosols. This conclusion that BDE-209 does not have the same potential for LRAT as other more volatile PBDEs is subject to possible complications arising from the uncertainties about the LRAT potential of aerosols.