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Title: Effects of in situ remediation on the speciation and bioavailability of zinc in a smelter contaminated soil
Authors: Nachtegaal, Maarten
Marcus, Matthew A.
Sonke, Jeroen E.
Vangronsveld, Jaco
Livi, Kenneth J. T.
Van Der Lelie, Daniël
Sparks, Donald L.
Issue Date: 2005
Citation: GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, 69(19). p. 4649-4664
Abstract: We report results from an extensive study on the speciation of zinc (Zn) and its relation to the mobility and bioavailablity of this element in a smelter contaminated soil and an in situ remediated area of this soil 12 yr after the application of cyclonic ash and compost. Emphasis was placed on the role of neoformed precipitates in controlling Zn speciation, mobility and bioavailability under different environmental conditions. Twelve years after remediation, the pH of the treated and non-treated soil differed by only 0.5 pH unit. Using state-of-the-art electron and X-ray microscopies in combination with micro-focused extended X-ray absorption fine structure (mu-EXAFS) spectroscopy, no major differences in Zn speciation were found between samples of the treated and non-treated soil. In both soils, 30% to 50% of Zn was present in smelter related minerals (willemite, hemimorphite or gahnite), while 50% to 70% of Zn was incorporated into newly formed Zn precipitates. Contrary to the non-treated soil, the treated soil did not contain gahnite or sphaterite; it is possible that these minerals were dissolved under the higher pH conditions at the time of treatment. Desorption experiments, using a stirred flow technique with a 0.1 mol/L CaCl2 (pH 6.5) and a HNO3 (pH 4.0) solution were employed to determine the exchangeable Zn fraction and the Zn fraction which will be mobilized under more extreme weathering conditions, respectively. No significant differences were found in desorption behavior between the treated vs. non-treated soil. Bioavailability tests, using the R. metallidurans AE1433 biosensor showed that similar to 8% of total Zn was bioavailable in both the treated and non-treated soils. It was concluded that the incorporation of Zn into newly formed precipitates in both the treated and non treated soils leads to a significant natural attenuation of the exchangeable/bioavailable Zn fraction at near neutral pH conditions. At lower pHs, conditions not favorable to the formation of Zn precipitates, the pool of Zn associated with the secondary Zn precipitates is potentially more bioavailable. Copyright (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd.
Notes: Univ Delaware, Dept Plant & Soil Sci, Newark, DE 19717 USA. Univ Calif Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA. Geochem Div, Natl High Magnet Field Lab, Tallahassee, FL 32306 USA. Limburgs Univ Ctr, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. Johns Hopkins Univ, Dept Earth & Planetary Sci, Baltimore, MD 21218 USA. 463 Brookhaven Natl Lab, Dept Biol, Upton, NY 11973 USA.Nachtegaal, M, Paul Scherrer Inst, Swiss Light Source, Off WGLA-219, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland.maarten.nachtegaal@psi.ch
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/2095
DOI: 10.1016/j.gca.2005.05.019
ISI #: 000232587100005
ISSN: 0016-7037
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2006
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