Monitoring results for organochlorine pesticides in soil and water from selected obsolete pesticide stores in Pakistan

Ecotoxicology Research Programme, Institute of Plant and Environment Protection, National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad, Pakistan.
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (Impact Factor: 1.68). 07/2009; 166(1-4):191-9. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-009-0995-5
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This study reports on the concentration and distribution pattern of organochlorine pesticides in soil and water samples collected from obsolete pesticide stores in three provinces of Pakistan and analyzed on capillary gas chromatography/electron capture detection. The data for soil and water samples were highly variable as samplings were done from diversified locations. The soil samples mainly contained DDTs followed by lindane and heptachlor. The contamination levels in North West Frontier Province (NWFP), Punjab, and Sindh were in ranges of 247-9,157 mg kg(-1), 214-10,892 mg kg(-1), and 86-1,139 mg kg(-1), respectively. In water, residue range levels were 0-15.17 (median 0.29) microg L(-1), 0.25-0.78 (median 0.36) microg L(-1), and 0.11-0.83 (median 0.21) microg L(-1) in NWFP, Punjab, and Sindh, respectively.

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    • "Pakistan has signed a number of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) including Stockholm convention on persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Unfortunately, no legal framework for application and proper discarding of banned pesticide exists in Pakistan (Ahad et al., 2010; Malik et al., 2011; Mahmood and Malik, 2014) and stockpiles of outdated pesticides exist in urban areas along with the manufacturing units (Syed and Malik, 2011; Mahmood et al, 2014d). They have been practiced without any awareness of using personal protective equipment, lack of safety standards, and unavailability of washing amenities and pesticide bottles are also not properly labeled (Feola and Binder, 2010; Lesmes-Fabian et al., 2012). "
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