Are the existing guideline values adequate to protect soil health from inorganic mercury contamination?
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- Environment International, 2018, 117 pp. 10 - 15
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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Currently, data that guide safe concentration ranges for inorganic mercury in the soil are lacking and subsequently, threaten soil health. In the present study, a species sensitivity distribution (SSD) approach was applied to estimate critical mercury concentration that has little (HC5) or no effect (PNEC) on soil biota. Recently published terrestrial toxicity data were incorporated in the approach. Considering total mercury content in soils, the estimated HC5 was 0.6 mg/kg, and the PNEC was 0.12–0.6 mg/kg. Whereas, when only water-soluble mercury fractions were considered, these values were 0.04 mg/kg and 0.008–0.04 mg/kg, respectively.
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