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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: PLANT VARIATION IN CD, PB, ZN AND AS ACCUMULATION AND BIOAVAILABILITY AND METHODS TO LIMIT RISK Title: Total and Extractable Lead and Arsenic Concentrations in U.S. Long-Term Orchard Soils and Potential Accumulation by Vegetable Crops

Authors
item Codling, Eton
item Green, Carrie
item Piri, Andy - USDA-NRCS
item Chaney, Rufus

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: November 29, 2007
Publication Date: December 4, 2007
Citation: Codling, E.E., Green, C.E., Piri, A.K., Chaney, R.L. 2007. Total and Extractable Lead and Arsenic Concentrations in U.S. Long-Term Orchard Soils and Potential Accumulation by Vegetable Crops. Meeting Abstract.

Technical Abstract: Lead arsenate was used as an insecticide in the United States (U.S.) from 1900 to 1960s to control codling moth (Cydia pomonella) in apple orchards. As a result these soils are contaminated with lead (Pb) and arsenic (As). Concerns have been raised about conversion of land use of such Pb and As rich soils, either for vegetable crops or for housing development. Some information has been published about Pb and As in orchard soils, but the extent of variation in As and Pb concentrations from old orchards throughout the U.S. are not known. The objectives of this study were to determine the 1) 1N HNO3 extractable As and Pb in orchards soils from six states and 2) the in vitro bioaccessible of Pb levels in these soils. Orchard soils were collected from several sites in Maryland (MD), Michigan (MI), New York (NY), Virginia (VA), West Virginia (WV) and Washington (WA). Soils were extracted with 1N HNO3 with 1hr of shaking. Lead concentrations ranges were 11-1966, 1410, 1487, 109-761, 93-806 and 77-3859 mg kg-1 for MD, MI, NY, VA, WV and WA respectively. Arsenic concentrations were 0.14-309, 262, 268, 0.03-99, 3.8-52 and 11-1346 mg kg-1 respectively. The in vitro extractions for Pb were conducted using a 0.4 M glycine solution, adjusted to pH 2.0 with 0.1 M HCl. A significant fraction of the orchard soils exceeded the 400 mg kg-1 Pb levels established by US-EPA and US-HUD for bare soils adjacent to housing, and a smaller fraction exceeded the 1200 mg kg-1 Pb levels for vegetated soils adjacent to housing. In vitro extractable Pb levels were lower than or equal to the 1N HNO3 and may be a better indicator of human health risk posed by Pb. Plowing and planting agronomic crops after removing old fruit trees reduced As and Pb concentrations in these soils.

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