OPERATIONAL FRACTIONATION OF ARSENIC IN A MINING SOIL

World Mining Congress
The environmental assessment of historical mining sites contaminated with various inorganic species, as also the determination of remediation targets require a better knowledge of pollutant-bearing phases. The objective of this paper was to investigate the operational fractionation of arsenic (As) in an As contaminated (ca. 3 wt%) soil collected from a gold mining site in France, where mining activities and smelting processes of gold ores took place until 2004. Single and sequential chemical extraction procedures were performed to evaluate the potential mobility of As according to the fractions to which it was associated in the contaminated soil, and also the part of As sorbed onto soil particles.
Keywords: Soil; Soils; Arsenic; Extraction; Chemicals; mining; leaching; Phase;
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