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Document ID (ISN)107482
CIS number 07-1373
ISSN - Serial title 0304-3894 - Journal of Hazardous Materials
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Anastasiadou K., Gidarakos E.
Title Toxicity evaluation for the broad area of the asbestos mine of northern Greece
Bibliographic information Jan. 2007, Vol.139, No.1, p.9-18. Illus. 20 ref.
Abstract In this study, the environmental quality of an open-air asbestos mine in northern Greece was evaluated over a twelve-year period (1993-2005) by measuring and monitoring the concentration of asbestos fibres in air, soil and water. Measurements were also made in nearby villages. The mine ceased operations in the year 2000. Concentrations of chrysotile asbestos were lower than in older measurements taken at the same sampling points during the operation of the mine, but were still found to be high. The results of this work have provided a reliable framework for estimating the risk of the mine to its surrounding environment and helped to determine a plan for the remediation of the site. In addition, mathematical models based on human and animal studies were used to estimate the probability of a person developing cancer from breathing air containing asbestos fibres in the wider vicinity of the mine in order to define appropriate procedures for evaluating asbestos-related risk.
Descriptors (primary) Greece; asbestos; asbestos mining; environmental pollution; toxicity evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) fibre counts; chrysotile; hazard evaluation; determination in air; neighbourhood protection; long-term study; water pollution; exposure evaluation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGreece
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Browse category(ies) Mining and quarrying
Environmental pollution