International Journal of Chemical Studies
Vol. 4, Issue 3 (2016)
The impact of inorganic and organic pollutants in soil from the vicinity of mechanic workshops in Benin City
Author(s): B Anegbe, JM Okuo and FE Okieimen
Abstract: The rapid growth in industrialization and urbanization in Nigeria and its attendance environmental pollution problem, call for the need for the regular assessment of pollution prone areas particularly in commercial cities. Benin is a transitory town and a fast growing City with small-scale enterprises/artisans (such as auto repair workshops) scattered all over the city particularly along major ways in order to cater for the ever growing population and its daily traffic. In this study, Soil samples from four auto repair workshops in Benin City, Nigeria were assessed for physico-chemical properties, heavy metals (HMs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) and total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) using standard methods. The concentration of the metals from the different zones and depths spanned between 450-1940 mg/kg for Fe, 10.20-28.60 mg/kg for Mn, 25.80-53.60 mg/kg for Zn, 7.90-15.20 mg/kg for Cu, 2.88-7.03 mg/kg for Cd, 2.10-10.10 mg/kg for Cr, 3.15-6.52 mg/kg for Ni, 2.93-5.92 mg/kg for V and 4.74-15.5 mg/kg for Pb respectively. The total levels of PAHs and TPHs from the different zones and depth ranged 1.998-8.682 and 8.869-24.714 mg/kg respectively. The studies revealed elevated levels of these pollutants.
Pages: 106-112 | 1530 Views 11 Downloads
How to cite this article:
B Anegbe, JM Okuo, FE Okieimen. The impact of inorganic and organic pollutants in soil from the vicinity of mechanic workshops in Benin City. Int J Chem Stud 2016;4(3):106-112.