Assessing the environmental risks associated with contaminated sites: Definition of an Ecotoxicological Classification index for landfill areas (ECRIS)

V. Senese, E. Boriani, D. Baderna, A. Mariani, M. Lodi, A. Finizio, S. Testa, E. Benfenati

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Assessing ecological risk in quantitative terms is a site-specific complex procedure requiring evaluation of all possible pathways taken by the chemicals from the contamination source to the targets to be protected. Unfortunately, too many cases lack of physico-chemical and ecotoxicological data makes impossible to quantify the ecological risk. We present the Ecotoxicological Classification Risk Index for Soil (ECRIS), a new classification system specific for soil risk assessment, which gives a comparative indication of the risk linked to environmental contamination by any chemical. The tool we propose is based on the integration of a data set characterizing the ecotoxicological and exposure profile of chemicals. ECRIS is a simple approach specifically set up for the landfill scenario. This index draws on the huge amount of data from our many years of leachate analysis. ECRIS is useful for a first screening of probably contaminated soil. A case study based on some Italian landfills is proposed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-66
Number of pages7
JournalChemosphere
Volume80
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Classification risk index
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Landfill
  • Leachate
  • QSAR model
  • Soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Assessing the environmental risks associated with contaminated sites: Definition of an Ecotoxicological Classification index for landfill areas (ECRIS)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this