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Trace metals and Environmental Impact of Fly ash on Marine sediment in Tuticorin Coastal area, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Chemistry, A.P.C Mahalaxmi College for Women, Tuticorin-628 002, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
  • 2Department of Chemistry, Women’s Christian College, Nagercoil-629 001, Tamil Nadu, INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 5, Issue (6), Pages 15-19, June,18 (2015)


Major non-degradable pollutants of thermal power plants are heavy metals present in ash. Arsenic, barium, copper, molybdenum and zinc are normally present in fly ash, besides these lots of other metals are also present in traces. Therefore, the problems related with their safe management and disposal has become a major challenge. Heavy metals cannot be degraded biologically like other organic waste.A study was conducted to investigate the impact of fly ash pollution from Tuticorin thermal power plant in Tuticorin coast area. Sediment samples were collected from three different stations in and around 5 km of ash slurry discharge point of power plant. Trace elements of Cu, Fe, Pb were found high in station 1 due to ash slurry discharge. The results of the present study suggested the need for a regular monitoring program of the help to improve the sea water quality.


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