In the Republic of Slovenia there are five larger sites polluted with heavy metals. The largest one is the waste disposal site of the lead and zinc mine in the northern part of the country, and the second one is the waste and tailings disposal site of the world second largest mercury mine. Both mines are now closed. The other three sites are smaller from those described above and they are: the tailings disposal site of the uranium mine, the waste disposal site of the ironworks and the waste disposal site of the aluminum processing plant. The article will present up-to-date data on the quantities of disposed wastes as well as measurements of some parameters connected with harmful effects on the environment and human health. Hazardous heavy metals from mines are monitored in the soil, flowing waters, groundwater and in the air. In some cases they are also monitored in some vegetables and human tissues and organs. The results of blood analysis for the content of heavy metals for mine workers and general population will be presented for two mining towns. On the largest sites, i.e. the waste disposal site of the lead and zinc mine and the waste disposal site of the mercury mine, some remediation activities are being in progress. The results will be presented in graphs and tables.
Druzina, Branko and Perc, Andrej
"Sites In The Republic Of Slovenia Polluted By Heavy Metals: Strategy And Actions Planned In The Area,"
Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Soils, Sediments, Water and Energy:
Vol. 12, Article 12.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umass.edu/soilsproceedings/vol12/iss1/12