Impacts of iron and steel making facilities on soil quality
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 00:59 authored by Chandrakant Chaudhary
The iron and steelworks at Rooty Hill and Port Kembla, NSW, Australia may be emitting heavy and trace metals to the environment. However, their emissions on soil have remained unstudied. This study investigates the trace metals and heavy metals in soils near the two steelworks as compared to the background site at Macquarie Park and also whether the soils from these sites exceed the NEPM 2011 guideline. The proximate, acid extractable elements analysis and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) were performed for soil analysis. Acid extractable elements analysis for the trace metals and heavy metals showed no considerable difference in trace metals at all sites. However, there was higher concentration of chromium, copper, lead, nickel, zinc, titanium and iron at Port Kembla as compared to Rooty Hill. Rooty Hill had higher concentration of manganese. Furthermore, all the sites had lower concentrations of trace metals and heavy metals with reference to the NEPM guideline 2011, except for molybdenum, titanium and iron which lack guidelines. This study suggests that soils near Port Kembla steelworks have higher heavy metal concentrations as compared to Rooty Hill. Also, the guideline should be established for all heavy metals including molybdenum, titanium and iron due to their high concentrations in soils.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Materials and methods -- Chpater 5 [chapter number should read 4]. Results -- Chapter 6. Discussion -- Chapter 7.Conclusion and recommendations.
NotesBibliography: pages 52-56 Empirical thesis.
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis MRes
DegreeMRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Environmental Sciences
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Environmental Sciences
Year of Award2015
Principal SupervisorVladimir Strezov
RightsCopyright Chandrakant Chaudhary 2015. Copyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au
JurisdictionNew South Wales
Extent1 online resource (ix, 57 pages) colour maps
Former Identifiersmq:44608 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1070692
Soils -- Heavy metal content -- New South WalesSoil pollution -- New South Walesheavy metalsconcentrationHeavy metalsHeavy metals -- Environmental aspects -- New South WalesSteel industry and trade -- Environmental aspects -- New South WalesIron industry and tradeSoils -- Trace element content -- New South WalesIron industry and trade -- Environmental aspects -- New South WalesTrace elementstrace metalsSoil pollutionSteel industry and tradeTrace elements -- Environmental aspects -- New South WalesNEPM guidelineSoils