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Memorias de investigación
Research Publications in journals:
Probabilistic meta-analysis of risk from the exposure to Hg in artisanal gold mining communities in Colombia
Year:2014
Research Areas
  • Risk assessment,
  • Atmospheric pollution
Information
Abstract
Colombia is one of the largest per capita mercury polluters in the world as a consequence of its artisanal gold mining activities. The severity of this problem in terms of potential health effects was evaluated by means of a probabilistic risk assessment carried out in the twelve departments (or provinces) in Colombia with the largest gold production. The two exposure pathways included in the risk assessment were inhalation of elemental Hg vapors and ingestion of fish contaminated with methyl mercury. Exposure parameters for the adult population (especially rates of fish consumption) were obtained from nation-wide surveys and concentrations of Hg in air and of methyl-mercury in fish were gathered from previous scientific studies. Fish consumption varied between departments and ranged from 0 to 0.3 kg d?1. Average concentrations of total mercury in fish (70 data) ranged from 0.026 to 3.3 lg g?1. A total of 550 individual measurements of Hg in workshop air (ranging from
International
Si
JCR
Si
Title
Chemosphere
ISBN
0045-6535
Impact factor JCR
3,137
Impact info
En 2012
Volume
108
Journal number
From page
183
To page
189
Month
FEBRERO
Ranking
Participants
  • Autor: Eduardo de Miguel Garcia (UPM)
  • Autor: Diana Clavijo (Colombia)
  • Autor: Marcelo Fabian Ortega Romero (UPM)
  • Autor: Amaia Gómez San Martín (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Estudios Ambientales
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