Health risk assessment of urban population exposure to contaminants in the soils of the Southern Kuzbass

N. A. Osipova, N. P. Tarasova, K. Yu Osipov, D. I. Maximova

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Abstract

This study concerns the human health risk due to exposure of Co, Cu, As, Mn contained in soils of the Southern Kuzbass, where the coal industry is developed. Soil samples of 200 were taken in Mezhdurechensk-city with intensive coal mining and processing industries. The content of heavy metals in samples were determined using the electron spectroscopy. Several samples were also investigated by methods of the instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) and the inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). With regard to the effects of heavy metals on the adult population health the total Hazard Index (HI) for ingestion and inhalation routes was 0.87×10-1 and 7.8×10-1 respectively. According to the contribution of Co, Cu, As, Mn to the total HI the elements form the decreasing series Mn (0,42-0,50)> Co (0.18-0.20)> Cu (0,13-0,19)> As (0,05-0,09). These chemical elements are present in the organic and inorganic forms in coals and coal wastes. Ranking the city territory has shown that administrative districts have different HI values (8.4 10-1-8.8 10-1). When analyzing the human health risks of coal mining and coal-processing enterprises the impact of heavy metals as components of coals and combustion products should be taken into account.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherSPIE
Volume9680
ISBN (Print)9781628419085
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event21st International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics - Tomsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 22 Jun 201526 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference21st International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics
CountryRussian Federation
CityTomsk
Period22.6.1526.6.15

Keywords

  • chemical exposure
  • geochemistry of soils
  • Heavy metals
  • the impact of the coal industry
  • the risk for health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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