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  • Authors: Ahn, Sungwoo (2006)

  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are among those contaminants referred to as persistent organic pollutants. PAHs are compounds of great environmental concern because of their persistency in the environment, carcinogenicity, and toxicity to humans and biota. This dissertation focuses on the fate and the movement of PAHs from contaminated soil. The two key objectives of this study are to understand the relationship between PAH association with contaminated site soil and its availability, and to provide more fundamental understandings of mass transfer phenomena of PAHs between the soil or sediment and its surroundings in the aspect of in-situ stabilization of the contaminant by adding organic sorbent. The study includes the characterization of the contamination source, the avail...