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Organic and inorganic diffuse contamination in urban soils: the case of Torino (Italy)

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Soils in urban parks are useful tracers of diffuse contamination and could represent a potential health risk for citizens. Soils in the parks of Torino, Italy, were sampled and analysed for a broad range of organic and inorganic contaminants. Concentrations of potentially toxic elements, PAHs, PCBs and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans were often above national legislation limits, and higher than surrounding rural areas or than other cities. Mean concentrations were 233 mg kg−1 for Cr, 164 mg kg−1 for Ni, 124 mg kg−1 for Pb and 170 mg kg−1 for Zn. Other inorganic contaminants such as Cd, As, and Hg showed high concentrations in some soils. Organic contaminants were also found to be enriched in the sampled parks (e.g. maximum concentrations of PCDDs/DFs and PCBs were 12.6 ng kg−1 and 0.310 mg kg−1, respectively). Data from this study reveal an important enrichment of parks for some contaminants, reflecting the intensity of phenomena of diffuse contamination. Historical parks presented the highest degree of contamination, suggesting that the age of soils rather than their proximity to sources of emissions is a key factor in determining soil contamination. Data obtained in this study could be of help in the investigation and remediation practices of urban contaminated sites within large cities.

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The article was received on 11 Apr 2007, accepted on 31 May 2007 and first published on 18 Jun 2007


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B705285E
Citation: J. Environ. Monit., 2007,9, 862-868
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    Organic and inorganic diffuse contamination in urban soils: the case of Torino (Italy)

    M. Biasioli and F. Ajmone-Marsan, J. Environ. Monit., 2007, 9, 862
    DOI: 10.1039/B705285E

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