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Environ Res. 2011 Nov;111(8):1018-23. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2011.07.001. Epub 2011 Jul 28.

Impact of abandoned mine waste on atmospheric respirable particulate matter in the historic mining district of Rio Tinto (Iberian Pyrite Belt).

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Experimental Station of Zaidin, CSIC, C/Profesor Albareda 1, 18008 Granada, Spain. ana.sanchez@pi.uhu.es

Abstract

This work documents for the first time the levels and composition of atmospheric particulate matter in the historic mining district of Rio Tinto (Spain) to estimate the contribution and impact of resuspended particles from hazardous mine waste on air quality. The resuspended mine waste dust contributes notably (32%) to the total concentrations of toxic trace metals (Bi, As, Cu, Pb, Cd, Zn and Sb) into the atmosphere, with the consequent impact on public health.

PMID:
21802077
DOI:
10.1016/j.envres.2011.07.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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