Category Archives: Heavy metals / trace elements

Environment and biological, Trace metals and heavy metals, trace elements in environmental samples, trace metals in biological materials.
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Collapse at Clarence Colliery at Lithgow ‘equivalent to giant oil spill’, wilderness foundation says

ABC News 3 July 2015

Conservationists believe the collapse of a dividing wall at a coal mine in Lithgow is “equivalent to a giant oil spill”.

The NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) began investigating the incident yesterday and said at least 150 metres of the Wollangambe River was “showing signs of impact”.

The cause for the collapse at the Clarence Colliery is still unknown, as is the overall damage that might be done to the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, the boundary of which is within two kilometres of the mine.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-03/coal-mine-dividing-wall-collapse-in-lithgow/6591618

Fetuses more vulnerable to some environmental contaminants penetrating into cord blood

(Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) 25 June 2015) A new research featured in the Environmental Science and Technology published by the American Chemical Society suggests that the fetus is more vulnerable to some pollutants with certain properties because they penetrate further into the feto-maternal system. The research found that distributions of pollutants and the mechanisms of distributions vary depending on each pollutant’s physicochemical characteristics.

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Conservation council welcomes monitoring of lead dust

Townsville Bulletin TONY RAGGATT  June 12, 2015

IT is hoped new monitoring will identify why elevated levels of heavy metals in dust have been found at sites around Townsville, including in children’s playgrounds.
So far, researchers have pointed to the Port of Townsville and the presence of Mount Isa types of ore in dust.
North Queensland Conservation Council co-ordinator Wendy Tubman yesterday welcomed extra monitoring and the formation of a Townsville Port Stakeholders Working Group to “get to the bottom of this”.
Ms Tubman said the presence of the heavy metals was “cause for concern”.

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National Science and research priorities

Australia. Department of Education and Training. Joint Media Release

Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne, said the Commonwealth Government has announced new national science and research priorities to ensure our high performing science, research and innovation system delivers maximum benefit. The nine cross-disciplinary priorities are food, soil and water, transport, cybersecurity, energy, resources, advanced manufacturing, environmental change and health. The priorities will help our world-class science and research efforts to reflect the needs of industry, the national economy and the community.

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Toxic dust source targeted by new device at Townsville Port

Townsville Bulletin RACHEL AFFLICK  May 21, 2015

THE  State Government is commissioning a device to identify the sources of potentially toxic metals in dust from the Port of Townsville.
It comes as part of Government moves to step up its monitoring for toxic dust in the city after a study commissioned by the North Queensland Conservation Council (NQCC) found toxic dust in playgrounds at The Strand, Rowes Bay and Reid Park.
Environment Minister Steven Miles said in Townsville last week that a new instrument would soon be able to measure lead and other metals in dust in real time continuously.

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Rat droppings, urine and arsenic found in fake beauty items

BBC News 18 May 2015

Police are warning people about fake beauty products after substances such as rat droppings, human urine and arsenic were found in seized goods.   It said lab tests showed counterfeit products also had toxic chemicals like arsenic, mercury and cyanide.

Phony cosmetics such as eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss and foundation have been found to contain toxic levels of chemicals and harmful substances such as arsenic, mercury and lead.

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