Polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and metal evaluation after a diesel spill in Oaxaca, Mexico

L. Salazar-Coria, M. A. Amezcua-Allieri, M. Tenorio-Torres, C. González-Macías

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Pollution in the marine environment due to a diesel spill takes days to months to complete natural remediation owing to its low volatility. Metal and PAH contamination caused by an accidental diesel spill were studied. V, Ni and Hg levels increased immediately after the spill, while PAH levels decreased after 1 month (79.4-7.6 μg kg -1). At the diesel spill point, fluoranthene exceeded acute and chronic levels, although most of the PAHs were within the range of low effects. In fish body burden, the highest bioaccumulation factor (2.63 for naphthalene) was related to the lower molecular weight PAHs. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)462-467
Number of pages415
JournalBulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes


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