U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


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Published in Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 6 (1986) 231-257.


Kinetic Analysis has been successful for metallic elements in relatively isolated areas. In this study it is applied to a complex organic compound in a geographical area with a large urban component. Ten media compartments are included, with man as the ultimate receptor. Field data were collected for only 6 of the media and were not used in the analysis but were compared to the calculated steady state concentrations. The greatest differences between calculated and observed values were 4.8-fold for soil and 5.4-fold for sediment. The field sampling regime for soils was biased towards areas of industrialization and probably explains the higher observed value. The lower observed value for sediment is likely due to unknown variables necessary for the estimation of the compartment size and/or the associated transfer rate constants. This study indicated that the Kinetic Analysis technique can be applied successfully to the pre-sampling estimation of the distribution of organic pollutants in environmental systems.