COMPARISON OF HERBICIDE SORPTION IN DIFFERENT COAL FLY ASH
ABSTRACT Development of low cost adsorbent for pesticide retention is an important area of research in environmental sciences. Fly ash, a byproduct of thermal power plants is a waste, was collected from seven thermal power plants and samples were evaluated for the sorption metribuzin, metolachlor and atrazine from water. Fly ash samples from different power plants have different physicochemical properties like pH, organic carbon content, surface area, cation exchange capacity and electrical conductivity. Herbicide sorption capacity of fly ash varied from 30% to nearly 100%. Sorption of all the three herbicide showed positive correlation with the organic carbon content of fly ash, while sorption of only metolachlor and atrazine showed positive correlation with the pH. Metribuzin sorption showed a negative correlation with cation exchange capacity of the fly ash. The study suggests that herbicide sorption capacity of the fly ash vary a lot. However, few fly ashes have potential of their use in removal of herbicides from industrial and agricultural waste water.