Assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in soil of a NaturalReserve (Isola delle Femmine) (Italy) located in front of a plant for theproduction of cement

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Abstract

Isola delle Femmine Natural Reserve is a very little isle about 15km from the centre of Palermo, in frontof a plant for the production of cement and about 600m from coast. In the present research, profilessoil PAHs were obtained for 16 sites within the reserve and for 8 stations on the rural soil taken asreference. PAHs, in the soil of investigated area, ranged from 35 to 545 g/kg. With the aim to find theorigin of PAHs in the soil of Isola delle Femmine, we compare the distribution of single analytes in theinvestigated area with those of the reference rural area (Monte Raffo Rosso), with those of atmosphericurban particulate collected at Palermo along with reported of emissions of some cement plants. Theisland’s investigated area showed a high amount of 4- and 5-rings PAHs, whereas 3-ring PAHs are presentmainly in the emission of cement plants (from literature). The percentage of 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-rings PAHsdetermined in samples of Isola delle Femmine are similar to those of the reference rural soils and to thoseof urban atmospheric particulate. Cement plant activity has a negligible weight on the presence of PAHsin the soil of Isola delle Femmine.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)358-368
Numero di pagine11
RivistaJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume173
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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