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Local source identification of trace metals in urban/industrial mixed land-use areas with daily PM10 limit value exceedances

Abstract: This study presents the analysis of the concentration levels, inter-site variation and source identification of trace metals at three urban/industrial mixed land-use sites of the Cantabria region (northern Spain), where local air quality plans were recently approved because the number of exceedances of the daily PM10 limit value according to the Directive 2008/50/EC had been relatively high in the last decade (more than 35 instances per year). PM10 samples were collected for over three years at the Torrelavega (TORR) and Los Corrales (CORR) sites and for over two years at the Camargo (GUAR) site and analysed for the presence of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), nickel (Ni), titanium (Ti), vanadium (V), molybdenum (Mo), manganese (Mn), iron (Fe), antimony (Sb) and zinc (Zn). Analysis of enrichment factors revealed an anthropogenic origin of most of the studied elements; Zn, Cd, Mo, Pb and Cu were the most enriched elements at the three sites, with Fe and V as the least enriched elements. Positive Matrix Factorisation (PMF) and pollutant roses (Cu at TORR, Zn at CORR and Mn at GUAR) were used to identify the local sources of the studied metals. Analysis of PMF results revealed the main sources of trace metals at each site as road traffic at the TORR site, iron foundry and casting industry at the CORR site and a ferro-manganese alloy industry at the GUAR site. Other sources were also identified at these sites, but with much lower contributions, such as minor industrial sources, combustion and traffic mixed with the previous sources.

 Autoría: Fernández-Olmo I., Andecochea C., Ruiz S., Fernández-Ferreras J., Irabien A.,

 Fuente: Atmospheric Research, 2016, 171, 92-106

Editorial: Elsevier BV

 Fecha de publicación: 01/05/2016

Nº de páginas: 44

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosres.2015.12.010

ISSN: 0169-8095,1873-2895

Proyecto español: CTM2010-16068 ; CTM2013-43904R

Url de la publicación: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosres.2015.12.010