Marine pollution in the Libyan costal area: environmental and risk assessment

Calogera Monastero, Daniela Salvagio Manta, Fabio D'Agostino, Anna Traina, Enza Maria Quinci, Maria Bonsignore, Luigi Giaramita, Calogera Monastero, Mohamed Benothman, Ehab A. Al-Tayeb Sharif, Mario Sprovieri

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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.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine13
RivistaMarine Pollution Bulletin
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2018

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