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Deriving Ecological Protective Concentration of Cadmium for Korean Soil Environment
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  • Journal title : Environmental Engineering Research
  • Volume 18, Issue 4,  2013, pp.241-246
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Environmental Engineering
  • DOI : 10.4491/eer.2013.18.4.241
 Title & Authors
Deriving Ecological Protective Concentration of Cadmium for Korean Soil Environment
Lee, Woo-Mi; Nam, Sun-Hwa; An, Youn-Joo;
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 Abstract
For effective and efficient environmental management, developed countries, such as the Netherlands, UK, Australia, Canada, and United States apply ecological risk assessment, and they have an autonomous risk assessment methodology to protect native receptors. In this study, soil ecological protective concentration (EPC) of cadmium in Korea was derived using Korean ecological risk assessment methodology. The soil EPC of cadmium was calculated using probabilistic ecological risk assessment based on species sensitivity distribution. The soil EPC was calculated according to land use for residential/agricultural and industrial/commercial purposes. The chronic soil EPCs for residential/agricultural and industrial/commercial lands were derived to be 1.58 and 9.60 mg/kg, respectively. These values were similar to soil EPC of European Commission, the Netherlands, UK, and Canada. However, these values were lower than the established Korean soil standard, because the current soil standard was based on human risk. Therefore, the impact on an ecosystem when establishing environmental standard should be considered.
 Keywords
Cadmium;Ecological protective concentration;Probabilistic ecological risk assessment;Soil;
 Language
English
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