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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29433032/seasonal-variations-of-pcdd-fs-congeners-in-air-soil-and-eggs-from-a-polish-small-scale-farm
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Malgorzata Węgiel, Ryszard Chrząszcz, Anna Maślanka, Adam Grochowalski
The transfer of dioxin from the environment to the food is a problem in a consumers' health protection. The study aimed to determine the concentration of dioxins in free-range chicken eggs, air and soil samples, collected during 12 months on an individual small farm, located in Małopolska region, Poland. In the majority of analyzed eggs, the concentrations of dioxin exceeded several times the legal limit of 2.5 pg WHO-TEQ g-1fat. Seasonal changes in the PCDD/Fs congeners in egg, air and soil samples were studied...
February 3, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29373863/mutagenicity-and-lung-toxicity-of-smoldering-vs-flaming-emissions-from-various-biomass-fuels-implications-for-health-effects-from-wildland-fires
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Yong Ho Kim, Sarah H Warren, Q Todd Krantz, Charly King, Richard Jaskot, William T Preston, Barbara J George, Michael D Hays, Matthew S Landis, Mark Higuchi, David M DeMarini, M Ian Gilmour
BACKGROUND: The increasing size and frequency of wildland fires are leading to greater potential for cardiopulmonary disease and cancer in exposed populations; however, little is known about how the types of fuel and combustion phases affect these adverse outcomes. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the mutagenicity and lung toxicity of particulate matter (PM) from flaming vs. smoldering phases of five biomass fuels, and compared results by equal mass or emission factors (EFs) derived from amount of fuel consumed...
January 24, 2018: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29372528/hydration-of-dicalcium-silicate-and-diffusion-through-neo-formed-calcium-silicate-hydrates-at-weathered-surfaces-control-the-long-term-leaching-behaviour-of-basic-oxygen-furnace-bof-steelmaking-slag
#3
Douglas I Stewart, Andrew W Bray, Gideon Udoma, Andrew J Hobson, William M Mayes, Mike Rogerson, Ian T Burke
Alkalinity generation and toxic trace metal (such as vanadium) leaching from basic oxygen furnace (BOF) steel slag particles must be properly understood and managed by pre-conditioning if beneficial reuse of slag is to be maximised. Water leaching under aerated conditions was investigated using fresh BOF slag at three different particle sizes (0.5-1.0, 2-5 and 10 × 10 × 20 mm blocks) and a 6-month pre-weathered block. There were several distinct leaching stages observed over time associated with different phases controlling the solution chemistry: (1) free-lime (CaO) dissolution (days 0-2); (2) dicalcium silicate (Ca2SiO4) dissolution (days 2-14) and (3) Ca-Si-H and CaCO3 formation and subsequent dissolution (days 14-73)...
January 25, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310275/cai-and-sri-molecules-for-iodine-determination-by-high-resolution-continuum-source-graphite-furnace-molecular-absorption-spectrometry-greener-molecules-for-practical-application
#4
Melina Borges Teixeira Zanatta, Flávio Venâncio Nakadi, Márcia Andreia Mesquita Silva da Veiga
A new method to determine iodine in drug samples by high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace molecular absorption spectrometry (HR-CS GF MAS) has been developed. The method measures the molecular absorption of a diatomic molecule, CaI or SrI (less toxic molecule-forming reagents), at 638.904 or 677.692nm, respectively, and uses a mixture containing 5μg of Pd and 0.5μg of Mg as chemical modifier. The method employs pyrolysis temperatures of 1000 and 800°C and vaporization temperatures of 2300 and 2400°C for CaI and SrI, respectively...
March 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282659/an-ecological-risk-investigation-of-marine-sediment-from-the-northern-mediterranean-coasts-aegean-sea-using-multiple-methods-of-pollution-determination
#5
Evren Tunca, Mehmet Aydın, Ülkü Alver Şahin
The aim of this study is an assessment of metal pollution levels in Aegean Sea sediment. Sediment samples collected from 7 different locations (Yeniköy, Edremit, Ayvalık, Dikili, Aliağa, Hekimadası, and Ildır) along the northern Mediterranean region of Turkey were investigated for 11 elements (Cu, Fe, Zn, V, Cd, Ni, As, Pb, Mn, Co, and Cr). Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry (GFAAS) and flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry (FAAS) were used for elemental analysis. The findings were evaluated with sediment assessment methods by taking two different values as a reference and then investigating the adverse biological effects of elemental profiles on living organisms...
December 27, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126025/metallurgical-residues-reused-as-filler-after-35years-and-their-natural-weathering-implications-in-a-mountain-area
#6
Leticia Gómez-Nubla, Julene Aramendia, Silvia Fdez-Ortiz de Vallejuelo, Juan Manuel Madariaga
The natural weathering of EAF (Electric Arc Furnace) and LF (Ladle Furnace) steel slag was evaluated through changes in the mineralogical and elemental composition. For that purpose, black steel slag and mixture of black and white steel slag were collected from two forest tracks, where they had been used as filler 19 and 35years ago respectively in a protected mountain area. Primary/original and secondary/degradation compounds were identified by spectroscopic techniques (Raman Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and Scanning Electron Microscopy/Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (SEM/EDS))...
November 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113734/cellular-responses-of-human-astrocytoma-cells-to-dust-from-the-acheson-process-an-in-vitro-study
#7
Yke Jildouw Arnoldussen, Torunn Kringlen Ervik, Balazs Berlinger, Ida Kero, Sergey Shaposhnikov, Shanbeh Zienolddiny
Silicon carbide (SiC) is largely used in various products such as diesel particulate filters and solar panels. It is produced through the Acheson process where aerosolized fractions of SiC and other by-products are generated in the work environment and may potentially affect the workers' health. In this study, dust was collected directly on a filter in a furnace hall over a time period of 24h. The collected dust was characterized by scanning electron microscopy and found to contain a high content of graphite particles, and carbon and silicon containing particles...
November 4, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879468/source-contributions-to-total-concentrations-and-carcinogenic-potencies-of-polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-and-polychlorinated-dibenzofurans-pcdd-fs-in-ambient-air-a-case-study-in-suzhou-city-china
#8
Zhiqiang Xuan, Chenglu Bi, Jiafu Li, Jihua Nie, Zhihai Chen
The potential source categories and source contributions of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) in ambient air from Suzhou City, China, were performed by principal component analysis-multiple linear regression (PCA-MLR) and positive matrix factorization (PMF). The carcinogenic potencies of PCDD/Fs were quantitatively apportioned based on the positive matrix factorization-toxic equivalent concentration (PMF-TEQ) method. The results of the present study were summarized as follows...
October 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803145/plasmix-management-lca-of-six-possible-scenarios
#9
R Cossu, F Garbo, F Girotto, F Simion, A Pivato
Only a small percentage of the separately collected plastic is recycled. The mechanical selection process of source segregated plastic materials generates considerable amounts of residues that are commonly named as Plasmix. By means of a life cycle assessment (LCA) modelling, the environmental performances of the main Plasmix management options (thermal treatment, energy recovery, and landfilling) were compared. Six treatment scenarios, with different pre-treatment alternatives, were evaluated. Landfilling after waste washing and Plasmix substitution of coke in a blast furnace represent the most favorable options, since the performances of thermal treatment and energy recovery are worsened by specific emissions of a variety of toxic compounds and heavy metals within plastic materials as additives...
November 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751028/toxic-metals-biomonitoring-based-on-prey-predator-interactions-and-environmental-forensics-techniques-a-study-at-the-romanian-ukraine-cross-border-of-the-black-sea
#10
Stefan-Adrian Strungaru, Mircea Nicoara, Carmen Teodosiu, Dragos Micu, Gabriel Plavan
Marine cross-border areas are ideal for monitoring pollutants so as to increase ecosystems protection. This study was conducted at the Romanian-Ukraine border of the Black Sea to reveal evidence of contamination with toxic metals based on biomonitoring of: cadmium, lead, total chromium, nickel and copper at different water depths and prey-predator interactions, combined with environmental forensics techniques of biological sampling and separation in witnesses size groups. The species used were Mytilus galloprovincialis L...
July 25, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735402/determination-of-total-sulfur-sulfate-sulfite-thiosulfate-and-sulfolipids-in-plants
#11
Assylay Kurmanbayeva, Galina Brychkova, Aizat Bekturova, Inna Khozin, Dominic Standing, Dmitry Yarmolinsky, Moshe Sagi
In response to oxidative stress the biosynthesis of the ROS scavenger, glutathione is induced. This requires the induction of the sulfate reduction pathway for an adequate supply of cysteine, the precursor for glutathione. Cysteine also acts as the sulfur donor for the sulfuration of the molybdenum cofactor, crucial for the last step of ABA biosynthesis. Sulfate and sulfite are, respectively, the precursor and intermediate for cysteine biosynthesis and there is evidence for stress-induced sulfate uptake and further downstream, enhanced sulfite generation by 5'-phosphosulfate (APS) reductase (APR, EC 1...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654789/utilization-of-zn-containing-electric-arc-furnace-dust-for-multi-metal-doped-ferrite-with-enhanced-magnetic-property-from-hazardous-solid-waste-to-green-product
#12
Hui-Gang Wang, Mei Zhang, Min Guo
One-step solid state reaction method was proposed for the first time to realize the transformation of the Zn-containing EAFD from hazardous solid waste to multi-metal doped ferrite with enhanced magnetic property. The effect of Zn-containing EAFD to NiCl2·6H2O mass ratio (RZE/N, g·g(-1)) on the phases transformation was investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman spectroscopy. The as-synthesized samples were treated by toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627883/mechanism-of-vanadium-leaching-during-surface-weathering-of-basic-oxygen-furnace-steel-slag-blocks-a-microfocus-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy-and-electron-microscopy-study
#13
Andrew J Hobson, Douglas I Stewart, Andrew W Bray, Robert J G Mortimer, William M Mayes, Michael Rogerson, Ian T Burke
Basic oxygen furnace (BOF) steelmaking slag is enriched in potentially toxic V which may become mobilized in high pH leachate during weathering. BOF slag was weathered under aerated and air-excluded conditions for 6 months prior to SEM/EDS and μXANES analysis to determine V host phases and speciation in both primary and secondary phases. Leached blocks show development of an altered region in which free lime and dicalcium silicate phases were absent and Ca-Si-H was precipitated (CaCO3 was also present under aerated conditions)...
July 6, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551583/evaluation-of-toxic-and-genotoxic-potential-of-a-wet-gas-scrubber-effluent-obtained-from-wooden-based-biomass-furnaces-a-case-study-in-the-red-ceramic-industry-in-southern-brazil
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Tiago Bortolotto, Jaqueline da Silva, Alex Célio Sant'Ana, Kamila Osowski Tomazi, Reginaldo Geremias, Elídio Angioletto, Claus Tröger Pich
Red ceramic industry in southern Brazil commonly uses wood biomass as furnace fuel generating great amounts of gas emissions and ash. To avoid their impact on atmospheric environment, wet scrubbing is currently being applied in several plants. However, the water leachate formed could be potentially toxic and not managed as a common water-based effluent, since the resulting wastewater could carry many toxic compounds derived from wood pyrolysis. There is a lack of studies regarding this kind of effluent obtained specifically and strictly from wooden-based biomass furnaces...
September 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547667/metalloproteomics-approach-to-analyze-mercury-in-breast-milk-and-hair-samples-of-lactating-women-in-communities-of-the-amazon-basin-brazil
#15
M R Cerbino, José Cavalcante Souza Vieira, C P Braga, G Oliveira, I F Padilha, T M Silva, L F Zara, N J Silva, P M Padilha
Mercury is a potentially toxic element that is present in the environment of the Brazilian Amazon and is responsible for adverse health effects in humans. This study sought to assess possible protein biomarkers of mercury exposure in breast milk samples from lactating women in the Madeira and Negro Rivers in the Brazilian Amazon. The mercury content of hair samples of lactating women was determined, and the proteome of breast milk samples was obtained using two-dimensional electrophoresis after protein precipitation with acetone...
May 25, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546898/treatment-of-fly-ash-from-power-plants-using-thermal-plasma
#16
Sulaiman Al-Mayman, Ibrahim AlShunaifi, Abdullah Albeladi, Imed Ghiloufi, Saud Binjuwair
Fly ash from power plants is very toxic because it contains heavy metals. In this study fly ash was treated with a thermal plasma. Before their treatment, the fly ash was analyzed by many technics such as X-ray fluorescence, CHN elemental analysis, inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. With these technics, the composition, the chemical and physical proprieties of fly ash are determined. The results obtained by these analysis show that fly ash is mainly composed of carbon, and it contains also sulfur and metals such as V, Ca, Mg, Na, Fe, Ni, and Rh...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542445/dietary-cadmium-exposure-assessment-among-the-chinese-population
#17
Yan Song, Yibana Wang, Weifeng Mao, Haixia Sui, Ling Yong, Dajin Yang, Dingguo Jiang, Lei Zhang, Yunyun Gong
Cadmium, a toxic heavy metal, is widely present in food. It has been reported that chronic cadmium exposure is associated with kidney disease, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and cancer. The aim of this study was to assess the dietary cadmium exposure and potential health risk in different age-sex groups of the Chinese population (children aged 4-11 years, young people aged 12-17 years and adults aged over 18 years), and in the southern and northern population using a semi-probabilistic method. Cadmium was detected in 228,687 food samples from 32 food categrories by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501334/exchangeable-sodium-percentage-decrease-in-saline-sodic-soil-after-basic-oxygen-furnace-slag-application-in-a-lysimeter-trial
#18
Chiara Pistocchi, Giorgio Ragaglini, Valentina Colla, Teresa Annunziata Branca, Cristiano Tozzini, Lea Romaniello
The Basic Oxygen Furnace Slag results from the conversion of hot metal into steel. Some properties of this slag, such as the high pH or calcium and magnesium content, makes it suitable for agricultural use as a soil amendment. Slag application to agricultural soils is allowed in some European countries, but to date there is no common regulation in the European Union. In Italy soils in coastal areas are often affected by excess sodium, which has several detrimental effects on the soil structure and crop production...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494400/maternal-serum-lead-level-during-pregnancy-is-positively-correlated-with-risk-of-preterm-birth-in-a-chinese-population
#19
Jun Li, Hua Wang, Jia-Hu Hao, Yuan-Hua Chen, Lu Liu, Zhen Yu, Lin Fu, Fang-Biao Tao, De-Xiang Xu
Lead (Pb) is a well-known developmental toxicant. The aim of the present study was to analyze the association between maternal serum Pb level and risk of preterm birth in a population-based birth cohort study. The present study analyzed a sub-study of the China-Anhui Birth Cohort that recruited 3125 eligible mother-and-singleton-offspring pairs. Maternal serum Pb level was measured by graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry. All subjects were classified into three groups by tertile division according to serum Pb level: Low-Pb (L-Pb, <1...
August 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494363/reductive-solidification-stabilization-of-chromate-in-municipal-solid-waste-incineration-fly-ash-by-ascorbic-acid-and-blast-furnace-slag
#20
Xian Zhou, Min Zhou, Xian Wu, Yi Han, Junjun Geng, Teng Wang, Sha Wan, Haobo Hou
Fly ash is a hazardous byproduct of municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI). Cementitious material that is based on ground-granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) has been tested and proposed as a binder to stabilize Pb, Cd, and Zn in MSWI fly ash (FA). Cr, however, still easily leaches from MSWI FA. Different reagents, such as ascorbic acid (VC), NaAlO2, and trisodium salt nonahydrate, were investigated as potential Cr stabilizers. The results of the toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) showed that VC significantly improved the stabilization of Cr via the reduction of Cr(VI) to Cr(III)...
September 2017: Chemosphere
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