Assessment of the Selected Heavy Metals Contamination of Fossil Fuel (Coal) within Okaba, Onyeama and Ribadu Mining Sites, Nigeria

Adetunji, Ademola Tokunbo and Adeyinka, Gbadebo Clement and Neji, Peter Amba and Ajibola, Olaide Olawunmi and Bakare, Babatunde Femi (2020) Assessment of the Selected Heavy Metals Contamination of Fossil Fuel (Coal) within Okaba, Onyeama and Ribadu Mining Sites, Nigeria. Assessment of the Selected Heavy Metals Contamination of Fossil Fuel (Coal) within Okaba, Onyeama and Ribadu Mining Sites, Nigeria. pp. 1-11. ISSN 0306-7319

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Abstract

The concentration levels of selected trace metals in coal sam-ples collected from three different locations, namely Okaba coal deposit Kogi State, Onyeama coal deposit and Ribadu both in Enugu state, were investigated in this study.Method: The representative coal samples were analysed for the presence of trace metals such as Cadmium, Chromium, Lead and Copper using an Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer.Result: The mean concentrations of 0.043 ± 0.007, 0.020 ± 0.006, 0.032 ± 0.006 and 7.245 ± 0.557 (mg/kg) were observed for the selected metals. The concentration of the selected metals investigated with the exception of Lead was found to be above detection limit for EPA – NBS standard and compared to the previous work done globally.Conclusion: The emission of coal has been attributed to the release of critical heavy metals such as Cadmium, Chromium, Lead and Copper, into the environment thereby posing a threat to human health and endangering the ecosystem

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coal; toxicity; heavy metals; Okaba; Onyeama; Ribadu
Subjects: A General Works
A General Works

A General Works > A18 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak -- Peridocals -- Bulletin
A General Works > A18 Universiti Malaysia Sarawak -- Peridocals -- Bulletin

Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QR Microbiology
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: AJIBOLA OLAIDE OLAWUNMI
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2020 12:59
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2020 13:04
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/31595

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