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Environmental Threats of Ancient Pb Mining and Metallurgical Activities in the Linares Mining District (Southern Spain)

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INDUROT and Environmental Technology, Biotechnology and Geochemistry Group, University of Oviedo, C/Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós s/n, 33600 Mieres, Spain
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Department of Mining, Topography and Structural Engineering, University of León, Av/ Silverio Fernández Tirador, 24007 León, Spain
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Polytechnic School of Linares, Universidad de Jaén, 23700 Linares, Spain
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Department of Biology of Organisms and Systems, University of Oviedo, C/Gonzalo Gutiérrez Quirós s/n, 33600 Mieres, Spain
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Presented at the 2nd International Research Conference on Sustainable Energy, Engineering, Materials and Environment (IRCSEEME), Mieres, Spain, 25–27 July 2018.
Proceedings 2018, 2(23), 1459; https://doi.org/10.3390/proceedings2231459
Published: 6 November 2018
Former industrial sites are now dedicated to other land uses in the Linares mining district. Here we selected five residential/farming areas (squares of 1 km2 each) and sought to evaluate the levels of contamination by Potentially Toxic Elements (PTEs) of the soils, and also to offer an insight into the threat these pollutants may pose to human health or the environment by means of risk assessment. High concentrations especially of Pb, and also of As, Cd, Cu and Zn were found in quantities that are considerably bioavailable. Moreover, risk assessment revealed unacceptable concentrations for Pb and As in all the areas as well as for Cd and Cu in some squares.
Keywords: soil pollution; metal mining area; trace elements; risk assessment; remediation soil pollution; metal mining area; trace elements; risk assessment; remediation
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Boente, C.; Sierra, C.; Martínez, J.; Rodríguez-Valdés, E.; Afif, E.; Rey, J.; Gallego, J.L.R. Environmental Threats of Ancient Pb Mining and Metallurgical Activities in the Linares Mining District (Southern Spain). Proceedings 2018, 2, 1459.

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