Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What are the sources?

Natural sources of arsenic

Contaminated food [Seafoods]

Ground water used for drinking water supply

volcanic action


Low temperature volatilization


    Man-made sources


    • ore smelting/refining/processing plants, galvanizing, etching and plating processes

    burning of fossil fuels especially in coal-fired power generation plants

    Tailings from or river bottoms near gold mining areas (past or present)

    Agricultural chemicals: Insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides

    Commercial arsenic products which include: sodium arsenite, calcium arsenate, and lead arsenate.

    • "Paris green" (cupric acetoarsenite) a wood preservative.

    Burning of vegetation

    Ore smelting at an industry

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