Environment, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Jun  2020, Pages 1-15; DOI: https://doi.org/10.31058/j.envi.2020.41001 https://doi.org/10.31058/j.envi.2020.41001

Concentrations of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) in Suspected Receptacles and Their Vicinity Soils

Environment, Vol. 4, Issue 1, Jun  2020, Pages 1-15.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.31058/j.envi.2020.41001

Adams Udoji Itodo 1* , Arome Joseph Oguche 1 , Sesugh Ande 1 , Abdullahi Usman 2

1 Department of Chemistry and Centre for Agrochemical Technology & Environmental Research (CATER), Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria

2 Department of Chemistry, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nigeria

Received: 29 December 2019; Accepted: 3 March 2020; Published: 21 June 2020

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PCBs are versatile and synthetic chlorinated compounds, though its production was banned years ago, the continual use of PCBs in transformer oil and printing ink still persists. PCBs in the environment cause soil contamination and pollution. This study focus on the determination of PCBs in different sources and their vicinity soils in Makurdi Nigeria. GC-MS analysis of PCBs in the soils revealed concentrations in the range of 0.18 - 151.31 ppm. The trend in abundance of PCBs (ppm) and total Cl are as follows; tPCBs (ppm) of WS1 (14.63) > RP2 (3.84) > RS2 (2.88) > DS4 > (2.76) > US6 (2.61) > MS3 (1.35) > CS7 (0.18) > 0.02 (permissible limit). The concentration of transformer oil PCB (TO8 is 151.31 ppm) > 50 ppm (threshold limit). tPCBs with BZ number 138 (31.02 ppm) in TO8 is the most abundant. PCBs with BZ number 153 (0.01 ppm) and BZ number 138 (0.01ppm) in RS2 has the least value. in the long run chronic exposure may cause casinoma in the liver and malignant melanoma. The trend of total number of Cl in the PCB compounds (tCl) follows the order of TO8 (80) > WS1 (67) > RP5 (62) >RS2 (52) > US6 (43) > DS4 (29) > MS3 (18) >5-10 (toxic). They are all toxic and above permissible limit. Chlorine numbers in the range of 5- 10 > CS7 (4) is non-toxic. Analysis of variance revealed a significant difference in the concentration of tPCBs and total number of Cl across the study area. Generally, the significant levels/difference (p< 0.05) of ∑PCBs in the analytical sample when compared to the control soil samples calls for concern.


PCB, Transformer, Soil, Printing Press, Chlorine, Biphenyls


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