Perchlorate as an emerging contaminant in soil, water and food

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Kumarathilaka, Prasanna, Oze, Christopher, Indraratne, S. P. and Vithanage, Meththika. 2016. "Perchlorate as an emerging contaminant in soil, water and food ." Chemosphere. 150, pp. 667-677. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.01.109
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Perchlorate as an emerging contaminant in soil, water and food

ERA Journal ID35098
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsKumarathilaka, Prasanna, Oze, Christopher, Indraratne, S. P. and Vithanage, Meththika
Journal TitleChemosphere
Journal Citation150, pp. 667-677
Number of Pages11
Year2016
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0045-6535
1465-9972
1879-1298
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.01.109
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0045653516301242
Abstract

Perchlorate (ClO4-) is a strong oxidizer and has gained significant attention due to its reactivity, occurrence, and persistence in surface water, groundwater, soil and food. Stable isotope techniques (i.e., (18O/16O and 17O/16O) and 37Cl/35Cl) facilitate the differentiation of naturally occurring perchlorate from anthropogenic perchlorate. At high enough concentrations, perchlorate can inhibit proper function of the thyroid gland. Dietary reference dose (RfD) for perchlorate exposure from both food and water is set at 0.7 μg kg-1 body weight/day which translates to a drinking water level of 24.5 μg L-1. Chromatographic techniques (i.e., ion chromatography and liquid chromatography mass spectrometry) can be successfully used to detect trace level of perchlorate in environmental samples. Perchlorate can be effectively removed by wide variety of remediation techniques such as bio-reduction, chemical reduction, adsorption, membrane filtration, ion exchange and electro-reduction. Bio-reduction is appropriate for large scale treatment plants whereas ion exchange is suitable for removing trace level of perchlorate in aqueous medium. The environmental occurrence of perchlorate, toxicity, analytical techniques, removal technologies are presented.

KeywordsEnvironmental exposure; Environmental monitoring; Oxidizer; Perchloric acid; Treatment technologies
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Byline AffiliationsNational Institute of Fundamental Studies, Sri Lanka
Occidental College, United States
University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
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