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Title

Screening for PAHs and Metals in the Puget Sound Basin at Aquatic Habitats Adjacent to Mainline Railroad Tracks

 
Publication number Date Published
19-03-005March 2019
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Author(s) Medlen, J. and R. Coots
Description The Washington State Department of Ecology and others have identified polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) as an impact to Puget Sound’s water quality in a number of studies.

Railroad operations account for many possible sources of PAHs in addition to creosote-treated railroad ties.

This study establishes baseline levels of PAHs and metals in soil, sediment, and water near mainline railroad lines in the Puget Sound basin. Sampling revealed levels of PAHs and metals in a majority of the soils and sediments sampled.
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Keywords railroad ties, PAHs, toxics, toxics monitoring, metals, toxic, Puget Sound, railroad, PAH