Bioaccessibility of As, Cu, Pb, and Zn in mine waste, urban soil, and road dust in the historical mining village of Kaňk, Czech Republic

  • Petr Drahota
  • Karel Raus
  • Eva Rychlíková
  • Jan Rohovec
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10653-017-9999-1

Cite this article as:
Drahota, P., Raus, K., Rychlíková, E. et al. Environ Geochem Health (2017). doi:10.1007/s10653-017-9999-1


Historical mining activities in the village of Kaňk (in the northern part of the Kutná Hora ore district, Czech Republic) produced large amounts of mine wastes which contain significant amounts of metal(loid) contaminants such as As, Cu, Pb, and Zn. Given the proximity of residential communities to these mining residues, we investigated samples of mine waste (n = 5), urban soil (n = 6), and road dust (n = 5) with a special focus on the solid speciation of As, Cu, Pb, and Zn using a combination of methods (XRD, SEM/EDS, oxalate extractions), as well as on in vitro bioaccessibility in simulated gastric and lung fluids to assess the potential exposure risks for humans. Bulk chemical analyses indicated that As is the most important contaminant in the mine wastes (~1.15 wt%), urban soils (~2900 mg/kg) and road dusts (~440 mg/kg). Bioaccessible fractions of As were quite low (4–13%) in both the simulated gastric and lung fluids, while the bioaccessibility of metals ranged between <0.01% (Pb) and 68% (Zn). The bioaccessibilities of the metal(loid)s were dependent on the mineralogy and different adsorption properties of the metal(loid)s. Based on our results, a potential health risk, especially for children, was recognized from the ingestion of mine waste materials and highly contaminated urban soil. Based on the risk assessment, arsenic was found to be the element posing the greatest risk.


Metal(oid)s Bioaccessibility Mineralogy Topsoil Street dust Mine waste 

Supplementary material

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Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Grantová Agentura České Republiky
  • 16-09352S
Operational Programme Prague-Competitiveness
  • CZ.2.16/3.1.00/21516

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral Resources, Faculty of ScienceCharles UniversityPrague 2Czech Republic
  2. 2.Public Health Institute in Ústí nad LabemÚsti nad LabemCzech Republic
  3. 3.Institute of GeologyAcademy of Science of the Czech RepublicPrague 6-LysolajeCzech Republic

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