Contamination of Lead and Mercury in Coal Basin of India


The coal is contaminated with toxic metals at the trace levels. They are released into the environment during mining, handling and burning of coal. The Korba basin has one of the largest coal exploitation areas in the country. In this work, contamination and sources of toxic metals i.e. Hg and Pb in the air, soil and sediment of the Korba basin, India are described. The concentration of Hg and Pb in the ambient air was ranged from 7.4 - 29 and 7.0 - 585 ng/m3 with mean value of 18 ± 4 and 129 ± 104 ng/m3 in the winter season. The mean concentration of Hg in the soil and sediment was 0.22 ± 0.03 and 0.44 ± 0.08 mg/kg, respectively. The higher concentration of Pb in the environmental samples was observed.

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Sharma, R. , Ramteke, S. , Patel, K. , Kumar, S. , Sarangi, B. , Agrawal, S. , Lata, L. and Milosh, H. (2015) Contamination of Lead and Mercury in Coal Basin of India. Journal of Environmental Protection, 6, 1430-1441. doi: 10.4236/jep.2015.612124.

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