Lead and Copper Contamination of Soil from Industrial Activities and Firing Ranges

ead still remains one of the most thoroughly investigated heavy metals in the environment. Although the identification of lead in soil is a routine matter, its environmental consequence is still much debated because of its potential mobility. This study has investigated lead- and copper-contaminated soil from two different areas. One was in an urban area, which formerly had a lead smelter within the city. The other a firing range, in which hundreds of thousands of rounds were fired into a very large mound known as a berm. Homogeneity tests, depth profiles and Pb-Cu correlations are discussed.

Landsberger S, Iskander F, Basunia S, Barnes D, Kaminski M, Biol Trace Elem Res 1999;71-72:387-396