This paper proposes a process for reducing the content of copper and zinc in polluted soils and a combined photocatalytic-physical process for the treatment of the soil washing effluents. For this purpose, real soil samples were taken from the "Land of Fires", a region in Southern Italy which is known for its high incidence of cancer mortality. Ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinic acid (EDDS) was used to extract the heavy metals from the contaminated soil. The soil washing effluents were treated through a sequence of photocatalytic and adsorption processes to lower the concentration values of metals (Cu, Zn, Fe and Mn) below the limits of national legislation for discharge in municipal sewers and to remove the EDDS from the soil washing solutions. Ecotoxicological tests, using different living organisms (Daphnia magna, Vibrio fischeri, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Lepidium sativum), were performed on the soil washing effluents before and after the treatments to assess the effects of the proposed combined process on the ecotoxicity of the soil washing solutions.

Simultaneous removal of heavy metals from field-polluted soils and treatment of soil washing effluents through combined adsorption and artificial sunlight-driven photocatalytic processes

RACE, MARCO;DI NATALE, Francesco;ERTO, ALESSANDRO;GUIDA, MARCO;MAROTTA, RAFFAELE
2016

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This paper proposes a process for reducing the content of copper and zinc in polluted soils and a combined photocatalytic-physical process for the treatment of the soil washing effluents. For this purpose, real soil samples were taken from the "Land of Fires", a region in Southern Italy which is known for its high incidence of cancer mortality. Ethylenediamine-N,N'-disuccinic acid (EDDS) was used to extract the heavy metals from the contaminated soil. The soil washing effluents were treated through a sequence of photocatalytic and adsorption processes to lower the concentration values of metals (Cu, Zn, Fe and Mn) below the limits of national legislation for discharge in municipal sewers and to remove the EDDS from the soil washing solutions. Ecotoxicological tests, using different living organisms (Daphnia magna, Vibrio fischeri, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Lepidium sativum), were performed on the soil washing effluents before and after the treatments to assess the effects of the proposed combined process on the ecotoxicity of the soil washing solutions.
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