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 (HC 5 ) 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 HC 5 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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