A comprehensive assessment of the potential adverse eﬀects on environment and human health generated by the inputs of chemicals from the most important Libyan petrochemical plant is presented. Ecotoxicological risk associated with the presence of As, Hg, Ni, Zn and PAHs in marine sediments is low or moderate, with a probability of toxicity for ecosystem < 9% and < 20% for heavy metals and PAHs respectively. However, sur- face sediments result strongly enriched in Hg and As of anthropogenic origin. Investigation of metals in ﬁsh allowed to assess potential risks for human populations via ﬁsh intake. Target hazard quotients values indicate potential risk associated to toxic metals exposure by ﬁsh consumption and lifetime cancer risk (TR) values highlight a potential carcinogen risk associated to As intake. Noteworthy, the presented results provide an unprecedented environmental dataset in an area where the availability of ﬁeld data is very scant, for a better understanding of anthropogenic impacts at Mediterranean scale.
|Numero di pagine||13|
|Rivista||Marine Pollution Bulletin|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2018|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Aquatic Science
Monastero, C., Salvagio Manta, D., D'Agostino, F., Traina, A., Quinci, E. M., Bonsignore, M., Giaramita, L., Monastero, C., Benothman, M., Al-Tayeb Sharif, E. A., & Sprovieri, M. (2018). Marine pollution in the Libyan costal area: environmental and risk assessment. Marine Pollution Bulletin.