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Hazardous Elements in Asbestos Tremolite from the Basilicata Region, Southern Italy: A First Step

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Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences, University of Catania, 95129 Catania, Italy
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CHARROCK Research Group, University of Salamanca, Plaza de los Caídos s/n, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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Geology Department, Science Faculty, University of Salamanca, Plaza Merced s/n, 37008 Salamanca, Spain
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MAT-INLAB-Department of Chemistry and Chemical Technologies, University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, CS, Italy
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Department of Biology, Ecology and Earth Sciences (DiBest), University of Calabria, 87036 Rende, CS, Italy
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Academic Editor: Giovanna Rizzo
Received: 18 April 2021 / Revised: 12 July 2021 / Accepted: 23 July 2021 / Published: 1 August 2021
In this paper, we report the quantification of potentially toxic elements (PTEs) hosted into two tremolite asbestos from Episcopia and San Severino Lucano villages (Basilicata region, Southern Italy). Micro X-ray fluorescence and Inductively Coupled Plasma spectroscopy with Optical Emission Spectrometry techniques were used to quantify the concentration of major, minor (Si, Mg, Ca, Al, Fe, Mn) and trace elements (As, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Li, Mo, Ni, Pb, Sb, Sn Sr, Ti, Te, V, W, Zn, Zr), with the aim of providing available data useful for the determination of the asbestos fibers toxicity. Results show that in the two studied samples there exist high concentrations of Fe, Mn, Cr and Ni which could lead to the high toxicity of the mineral fibers. By considering the pseudo-total PTEs amounts in each tremolite asbestos, it is possible to affirm that one of the samples is more enriched in toxic elements than the other one (3572 ppm versus 1384 ppm). These PTEs can represent a source of risk to human health since they may be transported away from the geological outcrops, through asbestos in the air, water and soils and thus encountering the human body. View Full-Text
Keywords: potentially toxic elements; tremolite asbestos; trace elements; Basilicata region; southern Italy potentially toxic elements; tremolite asbestos; trace elements; Basilicata region; southern Italy
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Ricchiuti, C.; Pereira, D.; Punturo, R.; Giorno, E.; Miriello, D.; Bloise, A. Hazardous Elements in Asbestos Tremolite from the Basilicata Region, Southern Italy: A First Step. Fibers 2021, 9, 47. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/fib9080047

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Ricchiuti C, Pereira D, Punturo R, Giorno E, Miriello D, Bloise A. Hazardous Elements in Asbestos Tremolite from the Basilicata Region, Southern Italy: A First Step. Fibers. 2021; 9(8):47. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/fib9080047

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Ricchiuti, Claudia, Dolores Pereira, Rosalda Punturo, Eugenia Giorno, Domenico Miriello, and Andrea Bloise. 2021. "Hazardous Elements in Asbestos Tremolite from the Basilicata Region, Southern Italy: A First Step" Fibers 9, no. 8: 47. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/fib9080047

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