Special Issue "Environmental Pollution Research and Monitoring"

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A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Samuel B. Adeloju

School of Chemistry, Monash University, Clayton, Victoria 3800, Australia; Guest Professor of Nanomaterials and Nanosensors, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Despite the rapidly increasing level of scientific and technological developments, environmental pollution continues to be a major issue of concern for both developed and under-developed countries. However, in order to protect our natural environment and, in particular, to preserve the ability of the environment to adequately support human life, the need for on-going research and monitoring of known and potential environmental pollutants is ever so important. Notably, the research directed towards the assessment of the impact of human activities on the environment is fundamental for developing acceptable processes that are necessary for achieving a true environmental sustainability. Among these are processes and activities that are devoted to the characterization and monitoring of the quality of the environment in its various forms, as well as for better identification of possible risks of harmful effect on human health and the environment. The contributions in this issue will focus on research devoted to gaining a better understanding of the extent of distribution, ecological effects, risks and monitoring of air, water and soil pollutants, as well as those directed towards finding solutions to abate these problems.

Prof. Dr. Samuel B. Adeloju
Guest Editor

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Keywords

• atmospheric pollution science
• aquatic pollution science
• soil pollution science
• biomonitoring
• environmental pollution monitoring and/or analyses
• environmental pollution data management
• environmental sampling methods
• novel environmental pollution monitoring systems
• risks and impacts of pollutants on health
• remote sensing and surveillance
• waste generation, treatment and management

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Research

Open AccessArticle Mobilization of Toxic Elements from an Abandoned Manganese Mine in the Arid Metropolitan Las Vegas (NV, USA) Area
Appl. Sci. 2014, 4(2), 240-254; doi:10.3390/app4020240
Received: 2 January 2014 / Revised: 21 April 2014 / Accepted: 23 April 2014 / Published: 12 May 2014
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Abstract
Active and abandoned mines may present health risks, especially to children, from environmental exposure to airborne chemical elements, such as Pb, As, and Mn. X-ray fluorescence analysis of tailings at the Three Kids Mine show they contain high levels of: Pb (15,300 mg/kg),
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Active and abandoned mines may present health risks, especially to children, from environmental exposure to airborne chemical elements, such as Pb, As, and Mn. X-ray fluorescence analysis of tailings at the Three Kids Mine show they contain high levels of: Pb (15,300 mg/kg), As (3690 mg/kg), and Mn (153,000 mg/kg). Soil was sampled along eight transects, radiating from the dried tailings ponds. Concentrations of Mn and Pb to the NE are at background concentrations at 4.8 km, and, As and Sr at 3.2 km from the mine. Going SW to the City of Henderson, all elements are at background at 1.6 cm, with the closest houses at 1.8 km. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Regional Screening Levels (RSLs) are exceeded for Pb, As and Mn at 0.8 km on all transects except one. The RSLs are exceeded for Pb, As and Mn on the NE transects at 1.6 km. Future home sites are on a NE transect between 0.4 km and 2.3 km downwind from the tailings ponds, in an area highly impacted by tailings which exceed the USEPA RSLs. This research demonstrates that there has been the farthest transport of tailings offsite by the prevailing winds to the NE; the closest currently-built homes have not received measurable tailings dust because they are upwind; and that precautions must be taken during the proposed remediation of the mine to restrict dust-transport of Pb, As, and Mn to avoid human exposure and ecological damage. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Pollution Research and Monitoring)

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