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Trends of Polychlorinated Compounds in the Surroundings of a Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator in Mataró (Catalonia, Spain): Assessing Health Risks

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Laboratory of Toxicology and Environmental Health, School of Medicine, IISPV, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Reus, 43201 Catalonia, Spain
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Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Departament d’Enginyeria Quimica, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, 43007 Catalonia, Spain
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Toxics 2020, 8(4), 111; https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8040111
Received: 30 October 2020 / Revised: 17 November 2020 / Accepted: 19 November 2020 / Published: 22 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental and Human Health Risk Assessment of POPs)
Since 2008, the environmental levels of polychlorinated compounds near a municipal solid waste incinerator in Mataró (Catalonia, Spain) have been periodically monitored. The present study aimed at updating the data regarding the temporal changes occurred between 2015 and 2017, when air and soil samples were collected again, and the concentrations of the same chemical pollutants (i.e., polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)) were analysed. Furthermore, the health risks associated with their human exposure were also evaluated. The levels of all the contaminants in soil were far below the threshold established by regional and national legislations, also being lower than those observed in previous surveys. A similar trend was also noted for PCDD/Fs in air samples, while airborne PCBs were the only group of chemicals whose levels significantly increased. In any case, the global assessment of the data regarding the different pollutants and matrices indicates that there has not been a general increase in the environmental pollution around the facility. In addition, the environmental exposure to PCDD/Fs and PCBs by the population living nearby is still clearly lower than the dietary intake of these same chemical pollutants. View Full-Text
Keywords: environmental pollution; human exposure; health risks; municipal solid waste incinerator; Mataró (Catalonia, Spain) environmental pollution; human exposure; health risks; municipal solid waste incinerator; Mataró (Catalonia, Spain)
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Nadal, M.; Marquès, M.; Mari, M.; Rovira, J.; Domingo, J.L. Trends of Polychlorinated Compounds in the Surroundings of a Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator in Mataró (Catalonia, Spain): Assessing Health Risks. Toxics 2020, 8, 111. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8040111

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Nadal M, Marquès M, Mari M, Rovira J, Domingo JL. Trends of Polychlorinated Compounds in the Surroundings of a Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator in Mataró (Catalonia, Spain): Assessing Health Risks. Toxics. 2020; 8(4):111. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8040111

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Nadal, Martí, Montse Marquès, Montse Mari, Joaquim Rovira, and José L. Domingo 2020. "Trends of Polychlorinated Compounds in the Surroundings of a Municipal Solid Waste Incinerator in Mataró (Catalonia, Spain): Assessing Health Risks" Toxics 8, no. 4: 111. https://doi.org/10.3390/toxics8040111

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