COMPARISON OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC COMPOUNDS AND HEAVY METALS CONTENTS IN SEWAGE SLUDGES FROM INDUSTRIALIZED AND NON-INDUSTRIALIZED REGION

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Abstract

The total contents of PAHs, organic polar fractions and 14 major hydrocarbons containing 3–6 aromatic rings as well as heavy metal contents were determined in sewage sludges from highly industrialized (Upper Silesia), agricultural and recreational regions of Poland. Sludges from the industrial region showed markedly increased concentrations of all the organic micropollutants and 2–10 times higher levels of the following heavy metals: Pb, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, Zn, Ni, Mn and Co. The levels, however, did not exceed the Polish as well as European Economic Community limit values, which renders all the sludges applicable to land and some of them suitable for utilization on agricultural soils.

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