Heavy Metals in the Aquatic Environment

Heavy Metals in the Aquatic Environment

Proceedings of the International Conference Held in Nashville, Tennessee, December 1973

1st Edition - January 1, 1975

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  • Editor: P. A. Krenkel
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483144436

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Heavy Metals in the Aquatic Environment contains the proceedings of an international conference held in Nashville, Tennessee in December 1973. This conference is co-sponsored by the International Association on Water Pollution Research, the Sport Fishing Institute, the American Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association, and Vanderbilt University's Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering. Contributors focus on the hazards posed by heavy metals present in the aquatic environment and how to control them. This text consists of 45 chapters divided into eight sections. This book assesses the environmental impact of heavy metals found in the aquatic environment; the economic impact of removing them from waste effluents; and the costs vs. benefits attained by their removal. The social costs are also evaluated. After an introduction to dose-response relationships resulting from human exposure to methylmercury compounds, the discussion turns to the toxicity of cadmium in relation to itai-itai disease; the effects of heavy metals on fish and aquatic organisms; and the analytical methods used for measuring concentrations of methylmercury and other heavy metals. The next sections explore the transport, distribution, and removal of heavy metals, along with regulations, standards, surveillance, and monitoring aimed at addressing the problem. This book will be of interest to planners and policymakers involved in water pollution control.

Table of Contents

  • Preface


    Session I Toxicology and Physiology

    A Review of Dose-Response Relationships Resulting from Human Exposure to Methylmercury Compounds


    Toxicity of Cadmium—Mechanism and Diagnosis

    The Effects of Heavy Metals on Fish and Aquatic Organisms


    Mercury Concentrations in Humans and Consumption of Fish Containing Methylmercury

    Session II Analytical Techniques

    Methylmercury Analysis (A Review and Some Data)


    A Review of the Status of Total Mercury Analysis


    Analytical Techniques for Heavy Metals Other Than Mercury


    Session III Transport Mechanisms (1)

    Field Observations on the Transport of Heavy Metals in Sediments


    Some Remarks

    Metabolic Cycles for Toxic Elements in the Environment. A Study of Kinetics and Mechanism


    Sorption Phenomenon in the Organics of Bottom Sediments


    Session IV Transport Mechanisms (2)

    Role of Hydrous Metal Oxides in the Transport of Heavy Metals in the Environment


    The Accumulation and Excretion of Heavy Metals in Organisms


    Transport and Biological Effects of Molybdenum in the Environment


    Biological and Nonbiological Transformations of Mercury in Aquatic Systems

    Session V Distribution of Heavy Metals in the Environment

    The Distribution of Mercury in Fish and Its Form of Occurrence



    Environmental Lead Distribution in Relation to Automobile and Mine and Smelter Sources


    Investigations of Heavy Metals and Other Persistent Chemicals, Westernport Bay, Australia

    Mercury Distribution in the Chesapeake Bay

    Session VI Source Reduction Methodology

    Canadian Experience with the Reduction of Mercury at Chlor-alkali Plants


    Physical-Chemical Methods of Heavy Metals Removal


    The Effects and Removal of Heavy Metals in Biological Treatment


    Session VII Corrective Measures for Existing Problems

    The Feasibility of Restoring Mercury-Contaminated Waters


    Experience with Heavy Metals in the Tennessee Valley Authority System

    The Use of Synthetic Scavengers for the Binding of Heavy Metals


    Session VIII Legislation, Standards, Surveillance, and Monitoring

    Current Regulations and Enforcement Experience by the Environmental Protection Agency

    Risk-Benefit Analysis and the Economics of Heavy Metals Control

    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 362
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1975
  • Published: January 1, 1975
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483144436

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