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PAH Concentrations in Lake Sediment Decline Following Ban on Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealants in Austin, Texas

Overview of attention for article published in Environmental Science & Technology, June 2014
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Title
PAH Concentrations in Lake Sediment Decline Following Ban on Coal-Tar-Based Pavement Sealants in Austin, Texas
Published in
Environmental Science & Technology, June 2014
DOI 10.1021/es405691q
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Authors

Peter C. Van Metre, Barbara J. Mahler

Abstract

Recent studies have concluded that coal-tar-based pavement sealants are a major source of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in urban settings in large parts of the United States. In 2006, Austin, TX, became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to ban the use of coal-tar sealants. We evaluated the effect of Austin's ban by analyzing PAHs in sediment cores and bottom-sediment samples collected in 1998, 2000, 2001, 2012, and 2014 from Lady Bird Lake, the principal receiving water body for Austin urban runoff. The sum concentration of the 16 EPA Priority Pollutant PAHs (∑PAH16) in dated core intervals and surficial bottom-sediment samples collected from sites in the lower lake declined about 44% from 1998-2005 to 2006-2014 (means of 7980 and 4500 μg kg(-1), respectively), and by 2012-2014, the decline was about 58% (mean of 3320 μg kg(-1)). Concentrations of ∑PAH16 in bottom sediment from two of three mid-lake sites decreased by about 71 and 35% from 2001 to 2014. Concentrations at a third site increased by about 14% from 2001 to 2014. The decreases since 2006 reverse a 40-year (1959-1998) upward trend. Despite declines in PAH concentrations, PAH profiles and source-receptor modeling results indicate that coal-tar sealants remain the largest PAH source to the lake, implying that PAH concentrations likely will continue to decline as stocks of previously applied sealant gradually become depleted.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 2 4%
Canada 1 2%
Unknown 46 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 15 31%
Student > Ph. D. Student 10 20%
Student > Bachelor 5 10%
Student > Master 4 8%
Other 4 8%
Other 8 16%
Unknown 3 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 21 43%
Engineering 6 12%
Chemistry 5 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 4 8%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 3 6%
Other 4 8%
Unknown 6 12%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 56. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 January 2016.
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