arsenic soil contamination News

  • Identifying areas at risk for arsenic contamination

    The contamination of groundwater with arsenic poses a risk to the health of millions of people, especially in the densely populated river deltas of Southeast Asia. To date, no method has been available for identifying high-risk areas without conducting costly sampling campaigns. Now, Eawag has developed a model that allows vulnerable areas to be pinpointed using existing data on geology and soil ...

  • Ridding rice plantations of arsenic from contaminated groundwater

    Genetically engineered rice plants that resist the uptake of toxic metals could boost production and ease the shortage of this staple crop in Asia, India and Bangladesh, where irrigation with contaminated groundwater has created soils with toxic levels of arsenic. More than 80 percent of the world’s population depends on rice as a staple food, but production is dropping in the rice paddies of ...


  • First accurate test for arsenic in soil developed

    If you have a cat or dog who likes to hide under the deck or children who play on equipment made with pressure-treated wood, you’ll be glad to hear that analytical chemist Julian Tyson and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently developed the first-ever accurate test for arsenic compounds in soil, promising a significantly improved environmental and health impact ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • With proper care, contaminated urban soils are safe for gardening

    A six-year study by Kansas State University researchers indicates that crops grown in contaminated urban soils present little to no risk for people eating those crops when gardeners have followed best practices. The findings are significant for urban and suburban gardeners, who according to a 2012 estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, provide about 15 percent of the world's food, ...


    By Kansas State University

  • Environmental Experts Provide Solutions for Contaminated Soils near Residential & Commercial Properties

    In August of this year, the City of Los Angeles approved a plan to redevelop Jordan Downs Public Housing Community into a mixed-use development. Concerns have been raised because some of the land in the redevelop plan was used in the past for industrial and agricultural purposes. Contaminated soil has been found in environmental studies that have shown the presence of subsurface soils ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Q&A about national general survey on soil contamination in China

    MEP and MLR announced the report on the national general survey on soil contamination today, and the survey results showed the general condition of the soil environment across the country not optimistic; some areas are suffering from bad soil pollution, the environmental quality of the arable land is worrying, and there are pressing soil environmental problems in industrial and mining deserted ...

  • Does the Chicken in Your Refrigerator Contain Arsenic?

    The last few weeks have been filled with media reports about the E. coli outbreak in Europe that has so far claimed 27 lives and sickened thousands.  Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that low levels of arsenic may be in some products that contain chicken meat.  According to the FDA, “Arsenic is in the environment as a naturally occurring substance or as a ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Low Doses of Arsenic Cause Cancer in Male Mice

    Mice exposed to low doses of arsenic in drinking water, similar to what some people might consume, developed lung cancer, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found. Arsenic levels in public drinking water cannot exceed 10 parts per billion (ppb), which is the standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. However, there are no established standards for private wells, ...

  • Arsenic poisoning stalks India`s gold mines

    Scientists have found high levels of arsenic in the soil and groundwater near a gold mine in the south Indian state of Karnataka, highlighting health hazards associated with mining the precious metal. A team of scientists that conducted studies in the Kiradalli Tanda village of Yadgir district discovered arsenic ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Arsenic: when will the clean water start flowing?

    Razia Begum has been asking the same question for two years now: 'Please will someone fix my arsenic filter?' She lives in Nagda, a village in one of the areas of Bangladesh most severely contaminated by arsenic in drinking water — although at first glance there is nothing about the village's lush paddy fields to suggest anything dangerous. Razia's family, like many thousands of others in such ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Eating aromatic rice may cut arsenic risk for Bangladeshis

    Aromatic rice from Bangladesh's Sylhet region may be safer to eat than other varieties as they contain less arsenic, a study reveals. Varieties of aromatic rice also contain higher concentrations of essential nutrients, according to researchers, whose findings have been published in Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging. They estimate that a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • U.S. EPA, DTSC begin removal of more than 5,600 tons of contaminated soil in Huntington Park

    On Thursday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will work with the City of Huntington Park to begin the removal of approximately 5,600 tons of contaminated soil from a former fertilizer and steel manufacturing site in Huntington Park, Calif. Contamination consists of soil impacted by arsenic, cadmium, lead and poly aromatic hydrocarbons ...

  • Drinking water wells vulnerable to contamination

    New USGS groundwater studies explain what, when, and how contaminants may reach public-supply wells. All wells are not equally vulnerable to contamination because of differences in three factors: the general chemistry of the aquifer, groundwater age, and direct paths within aquifer systems that allow water and contaminants to reach a well. More than 100 million people in the United States ...

  • Soil management in China and the EU

    Following rapid urbanisation, management of contaminated soil has become a political priority in China. In this study, researchers reviewed the current system in China as compared to Europe and provide recommendations for the sustainable management of soil. China’s rapid economic growth, and the accompanied urbanisation, has come at a considerable cost to the environment. In the late 1990s, ...

  • New Life for Contaminated Land in Croydon UK

    Contaminated land remediation specialist Envirotreat are currently undertaking the installation of a Soil Mixed Reactive Barrier System (SMRBS) at a former coal gasification site in Croydon UK for Barratt (Kent) in what will form a forward thinking and exciting new site 5.3ha combined Commercial and Residential property project. Working alongside Piling Contractor Miller Piling and Consultant ...


  • EPA to begin final cleanup of recovery act-funded South Minneapolis arsenic site; Open House Aug. 26

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said today that cleanup of arsenic-contaminated soil at nearly 500 South Minneapolis homes will begin after Labor Day. This project is supported by US$20 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Residents pay nothing for the cleanup. From 2004 to 2008, an EPA Superfund team cleaned up 197 properties with arsenic levels ...

  • EPA Beginning Work in Willington, Conn. to Remove Contamination

    (Boston, Mass.) - Beginning Monday, Sept. 10th, EPA and its contractors will begin work to carry out a short-term cleanup at the CadleRock Properties Site on Squaw Hollow Road, in Ashford/Willington, Conn. ...

  • Soil treatment technology from ADT

    SOIL REMEDIATION & TREATMENT SPECIALISTS ADT is a leading provider of remediation services ranging from simple soil excavation projects to complex programs requiring a combination of technologies. ADT is experienced at remediating soil, sludges, pits, TPH impacted materials, tank farms contaminated with a wide variety of petroleum products, low-level radioactive waste, heavy metals, ...


  • EPA proposes removal of more than 2,500 acres at Rocky Mountain Arsenal from superfund list (CO)

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a proposal to delete portions of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) from the National Priorities List (NPL). The NPL is a list of the nation’s most contaminated sites, known as Superfund sites. EPA and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment have determined that all required cleanup activities are complete in the ...

  • PlasmaQuant® MS — Accurate and Precise Arsenic Speciation in Foods and Beverage with Superior Detection Limits

    With its unrivalled sensitivity, the PlasmaQuant® MS Elite delivers the lowest detection limits of any ICP-MS when measuring both organic and inorganic species of arsenic in food and beverages. The high toxicity of inorganic arsenic means regular monitoring of food products is important. Various seafoods for example contain high levels of the less toxic organic ...


    By Analytik Jena AG

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