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Title: Long term residual effects of lead mining on man and grazing livestock within a rural community in southern Scotland
Author: Moffat, Wendy E.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The residual lead contamination of human and livestock populations was studied in two villages set in the Southern Uplands of Scotland, where the environment is heavily contaminated through former mining activity. Possible routes of lead exposure involving domestic water, house dust, airborne dust, hands, food preparation, surfaces, garden soils and home grown vegetable consumption were investigated. There was a general increase in lead in the environment in the contaminated villages and blood lead levels were between 45 and 70 per cent higher than the control village. The major determinants of blood lead in both areas were sought through correlation and multiple regression analysis. Lead in drinking water had the largest influence in explaining blood lead variability (11%), although levels were low and within EEC guidelines; hand lead accounted for 6%, airborne dust lead 3% and kitchen surface and house dust lead less than 1% of variation in blood lead. A parallel study was made of lead contamination of grazing lambs. The need for further restoration work is indicated to support the educational programme instituted in an attempt to reduce the lead contamination which has persisted since closure of the mines in the 1930s.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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