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Sources and remediation techniques for mercury contaminated soil
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.
Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology, University of Uppsala.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Geosciences and Environmental Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7158-4662
Department of Ecology and Genetics, Limnology, University of Uppsala.
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2015 (English)In: Environment International, ISSN 0160-4120, E-ISSN 1873-6750, Vol. 74, p. 42-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Mercury (Hg) in soils has increased by a factor of 3 to 10 in recent times mainly due to combustion of fossil fuels combined with long-range atmospheric transport processes. Other sources as chlor-alkali plants, gold mining and cement production can also be significant, at least locally. This paper summarizes the natural and anthropogenic sources that have contributed to the increase of Hg concentration in soil and reviews major remediation techniques and their applications to control soil Hg contamination. The focus is on soil washing, stabilisation/solidification, thermal treatment and biological techniques; but also the factors that influence Hg mobilisation in soil and therefore are crucial for evaluating and optimizing remediation techniques are discussed. Further research on bioremediation is encouraged and future study should focus on the implementation of different remediation techniques under field conditions.

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2015. Vol. 74, p. 42-53
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-5369DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2014.09.007ISI: 000346681700006PubMedID: 25454219Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84908372023Local ID: 37440370-2786-41ab-a366-e91dfb987183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-5369DiVA, id: diva2:978243
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Validerad; 2014; Nivå 2; 20141017 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-07-10Bibliographically approved

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