Organic tracers identification as a convenient strategy in industrial landfills monitoring

E. Benfenati, E. Porazzi, R. Bagnati, F. Forner, M. Pardo Martinez, G. Mariani, R. Fanelli

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Today, a significant environmental problem is due to the presence of industrial landfills, some of them old, which can release toxic compounds into the environment (Chemosphere 42 (2001) 415; Chemosphere 31 (1995) 3455). The identification of directly linked to the leachate tracers of contamination in the wells around the landfills, as early markers of a potential risk for the environment and/or man, is a good strategy for an early evaluation of contamination. Our protocol developed for wells water characterization is based on solid phase extraction combined with GC-MS and HPLC-MS/MS. In this way a list of organic contaminants of a specific industrial landfill is obtained, giving a solid basis also for the risk assessment. Here we present some specific examples and the use of these pollutants for environmental monitoring.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-683
Number of pages7
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003


  • GC-MS
  • Landfill
  • Monitoring
  • Pollutants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science(all)


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