Serum PCDD/F concentration distribution in residents living in the vicinity of an incinerator and its association with predicted ambient dioxin exposure

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the serum polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin (PCDD) and dibenzofuran (PCDF) concentration distribution in residents living in the vicinity of an incinerator and its association with annual ambient dioxin exposure predicted by an atmospheric dispersion model. A municipal waste incinerator in Northern Taiwan was chosen for this study. This incinerator had been in operation for 6 years at the time of this study. Using the incinerator site as the center, based on the simulated ambient annual average PCDD/F concentrations. Ninety-five volunteers, all live within a radius of 5 km from the incinerator for at least 5 years, who had no occupational exposure potential, were selected based on the population distribution in each district. The average serum PCDD/F concentration for these subjects living within four zones was about 14 pgI-TEQ/g lipid. The serum distribution levels of people of the four study zones, however, were not consistent with the predicted ambient levels. Results also suggest that ambient exposure might not be the most important contributor to serum concentrations when compared to other exposure sources, such as dietary intake.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1421-1429
Number of pages9
JournalChemosphere
Volume54
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004 Jan 1

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Serum
Time and Motion Studies
population distribution
dibenzofuran
occupational exposure
Population distribution
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Taiwan
Volunteers
lipid
Lipids
Demography
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incinerator
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Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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