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Main Title Polychlorinated Biphenyls in Indoor Air.
Author MacLeod, Kathryn E. ;
CORP Author Health Effects Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC. Environmental Toxicology Div.
Year Published 1981
Report Number EPA-600/J-81-511;
Stock Number PB82-154931
Additional Subjects Gas analysis ; Air pollution ; Chemical analysis ; Sources ; Concentration(Composition) ; Polyurethane resins ; Foam ; Absorbers(Materials) ; Reprints ; Polychlorinated biphenyls ; Indoor air pollution
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB82-154931 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 06/23/1988
Collation 5p
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been recognized as environmental contaminants since the mid-1960s. Until recently, however, little work has been done on identifying levels of PCBs in the indoor air. This paper describes a method for the analysis of PCBs utilizing low-volume indoor air sampling. The method uses polyurethane foam as a collector and has a limit of detection of about 0.01 micrograms/cu m. This study shows that indoor air whether in commercial, industrial, or residential buildings, contains levels of PCBs at least 1 order of magnitude higher than outdoor levels. Defective fluorescent light ballasts are also shown to emit PCBs and to be an important source of indoor atmospheric contamination.