Benzene, toluene and xylene measurements in the vicinity of petrol stations
In order to assess the impact of petrol stations on ambient volatile organic compound (VOC) levels, a series of measurements has been carried out by the European reference laboratory of air pollution (ERLAP) in the vicinity of four petrol stations in Northern and Southern Europe. Benzene, toluene and m-xylene concentrations were determined in this study, as the most important health related compounds emitted by petrol stations. The report gives details on the organization of the campaign, analytical techniques, meteorological conditions during the campaign and experimental results. It discusses the distribution of benzene, toluene and xylene (BTX) around the petrol stations, the precision of the method and the correlation between different parameters. Maps of isoconcentrations are given and a description of the BTX diffusive sampler used. The results of the study have shown that the impact of filling stations, when installed in residential areas will lead, to a systematic breaching of the proposed European Union limit value for benzene.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16309 EN (1995) 54pp., FS
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Record Number: 199611529 / Last updated on: 1997-01-27
Original language: en
Available languages: en