Airborne mercury pollution from a large oil spill accident on the west coast of Korea SCIE SCOPUS

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Title
Airborne mercury pollution from a large oil spill accident on the west coast of Korea
Author(s)
Pandey, S.K.; Kim, K.-H.; Yim, U.-H.; Jung, M.-C.; Kang, C.-H.
KIOST Author(s)
Yim, Un Hyuk(임운혁)
Publication Year
2009-05
Abstract
Atmospheric mercury pollution was recognized after a large oil spill on the west coast of Korea on 7 December 2007. In this study, the concentrations of gaseous elemental mercury (GEM: Hg0) in air were measured both shortly after the oil spill (∼100 h) and 1 month after the accident near the accident site. When the Hg concentration levels were compared between two seashore sites and two parallel sites offshore, the values tend to decrease further offshore. The unusual rise in Hg concentration levels observed on the seashore area shortly after the accident (mean of 16.4 ± 9.85 ng m-3) dropped dramatically after 1 month with active cleanup activities (2.99 ± 1.40 ng m-3). Because of the connection between crude oil and Hg (one of the major impurities), the unusual rise in the atmospheric Hg after the oil spill can be explained by the active evasion of Hg from the spilled crude oil. Although Hg levels determined a few days after the accident did not exceed the reference exposure limits (REL) proposed by several agencies, the early build-up of elemental mercury level due to the oil spill might have exerted certain impacts on the surrounding environments. © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0304-3894
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/4294
DOI
10.1016/j.jhazmat.2008.07.126
Bibliographic Citation
Journal of Hazardous Materials, v.164, no.1, pp.380 - 384, 2009
Publisher
Elsevier BV
Keywords
Airborne pollution; Crude oil; Evasion; Gaseous elemental mercury; Spill
Type
Article
Language
English
Document Type
Article
Publisher
Elsevier BV
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Research Interests

Oil Spill Environmental Forensics,Persistent Organic Pollutants,Marine Aerosol,유류오염 환경법과학,지속성유기오염물질,해양 에어로졸

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