Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Austin Sediments After a Ban on Pavement Sealers

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Austin Sediments After a Ban on Pavement Sealers
Authors: Robert P. DeMott; Thomas D. Gauthier; James M. Wiersema; Geoffrey Crenson
Citation: DeMott, R.P., Gauthier, T.D., Wiersema, J.M. and Crenson, G. (2010). PAHs in Austin Sediments after a Ban on Pavement Sealers. Environmental Forensics, 11:4, 372-382.
Abstract: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) concentrations were measured in stream sediments collected before and after a municipal ban on the use of coal-tar-based pavement sealers in Austin, Texas. Samples were collected in October 2005, prior to the ban, and again in April, 2008, approximately 2 years after the ban. Differences in total PAH concentrations between samples collected before and after the ban show no net change in PAH levels in Austin stream sediments. Results of hydrocarbon fingerprinting reveal subtle differences in PAH profiles that appear to reflect the effects of weathering rather than a change in PAH sources.