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Decontamination of metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from slag-polluted soil.

Bisone, Sara; Mercier, Guy; Blais, Jean-François (2013). Decontamination of metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from slag-polluted soil. Environmental Technology , vol. 34 , nº 17-20. p. 2633-2648. DOI: 10.1080/09593330.2013.781231.

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Metallurgy is an industrial activity that is one of the largest contributors to soil contamination by metals. This contamination is often associated with organic compound contamination; however, little research has been aimed at the development of simultaneous processes for decontamination as opposed to treatments to heavy metals or organic compounds alone. This paper presents an efficient process to decontaminate the soils polluted with smelting by-products rich in Cu, Zn and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). A simultaneous treatment for metals and PAHs was also tested. The process is mainly based on physical techniques, such as crushing, gravimetric separation and attrition. For the finest particle size fractions, an acid extraction with H2SO4 was used to remove metals. The PAH removal was enhanced by adding surfactant during attrition. The total metal removals varied from 49% to 73% for Cu and from 43% to 63% for Zn, whereas a removal yield of 92% was measured for total PAHs. Finally, a technical-economic evaluation was done for the two processes tested.

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Mots-clés libres: contaminated soil; metal; PAH; acid extraction; slag
Centre: Centre Eau Terre Environnement
Date de dépôt: 29 nov. 2016 21:19
Dernière modification: 29 nov. 2016 21:19
URI: http://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/3390

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