Skip to main content
USGS - science for a changing world

Effects of zinc smelter emissions on farms and gardens at Palmerton, PA

Dates

Publication Date

Citation

Effects of zinc smelter emissions on farms and gardens at Palmerton, PA; 1988; Article; Journal; Trace Substances in Environmental Health; Chaney, R.L.; Beyer, W.N.; Gifford, C.H.; Sileo, L.

Summary

In 1979, before the primary Zn smelter at Palmerton was closed due to excessive Zn and Cd emissions and change in the price of Zn, we were contacted by a local veterinarian regarding death of foals (young horses) on farms near the smelter. To examine whether Zn or Cd contamination of forage or soils could be providing potentially toxic levels of Zn or other elements in the diets of foals, we measured metals in forages, soils, and feces of grazing livestock on two farms near Palmerton. The farms were about 2.5 and about 10 km northeast of the East stack. Soils, forages, and feces were greatly increased in Zn and Cd. Soil, forage, and fecal Zn were near 1000 mg/kg and Cd, 10-20 mg/kg at farm A (2.5 km) compared to normal background levels [...]

Contacts

Attached Files

Click on title to download individual files attached to this item.

metadata6761795728434518386.xml
Potential Metadata Source

View
5.04 KB
Thumbnail
Thumbnail

Tags

Provenance

Data source
Harvester
Harvested on Sun May 31 04:24:23 MDT 2015 from MODS XML Service

Additional Information

Identifiers

Type Scheme Key
local-index unknown 5224409
local-pk unknown 5224409
series unknown Trace Substances in Environmental Health

Citation Extension

journalTrace Substances in Environmental Health
parts
typevolume
value22
languageEnglish
citationTypeArticle

Item Actions

View Item as ...

Save Item as ...

View Item...