Biological Trace Element Research

, Volume 104, Issue 3, pp 203–213 | Cite as

Monitoring metals in the population living in the vicinity of a hazardous waste incinerator

Levels in hair of school children
  • Martí Nadal
  • Ana Bocio
  • Marta Schuhmacher
  • Jose L. Domingo


Hair samples of 134 school children (12–14 yr old) living in three residential zones in the vicinity of a new hazardous waste incinerator (HWI) (Constantí, Tarragona County, Catalonia, Spain) were analyzed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for arsenic (As), beryllium (Be), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), mercury (Hg), manganese (Mn), nickel (Ni), lead (Pb), tin (Sn) thallium (Tl), and vanadium (V) concentrations. These concentrations were compared with those obtained in a baseline survey performed in the same area during the period of construction of the HWI. Current mean concentrations ranged from values under the respective limit of detection (As, Be, Cd, Tl, and V) to 0.70 and 0.86 μg/g for Hg and Pb, respectively. In comparison to the baseline survey, the levels of Cr, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Sn showed a significant reduction, whereas Hg concentrations were similar. No significant differences were observed according to the sex of the children. However, some differences were noted, especially for Pb and Cr, with respect to the specific zone of residence. In general terms, the current metal levels in hair of school children are similar or even lower than those recently reported for a number of industrial and residential areas of various regions and countries.

Index Entries

Metals hair school children hazardous waste incinerator Tarragona County (Catalonia, Spain) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martí Nadal
    • 1
  • Ana Bocio
    • 1
  • Marta Schuhmacher
    • 1
  • Jose L. Domingo
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Toxicology and Environmental Health, School of Medicine“Rovira i Virgili” UniversityReusSpain

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