Data on PAH levels in atmospheric paniculate were determined in the frame of the environment protection activities during the VI Italian Expedition in Antarctica. Samples were collected at the four cardinal points at about 200 metres from the central point of the Italian scientific base. Results are related to basic meteorological parameters, operating parameters and fuel consumption of the waste incinerator, power generators and other engines.

Data show low levels of the individual PAH (95% in the range 1-50 pg/m3) confirming the absence, up to now, of relevant contamination from Italian base.

On the basis of these preliminary results, monitor program will continue in the future expeditions in order to keep undercontrol the potential PAHs sources.

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