The Distribution of Potentially Toxic Elements in Soils Derived from PFA near Youngwol Power Plant

영월지역 토양중 PFA로부터 기인된 잠재적 독성원소의 분포

  • Choi, Sun Kyung (Department of Earth System Sciences, Yonsei University) ;
  • Moon, Hi-Soo (Department of Earth System Sciences, Yonsei University) ;
  • Song, Yoongoo (Korea Institute of Geology, Mining and Materials) ;
  • Yoo, Janghan (Korea Institute of Geology, Mining and Materials)
  • 최선경 (연세대학교 지구시스템과학과) ;
  • 문희수 (연세대학교 지구시스템과학과) ;
  • 송윤구 (한국자원연구소) ;
  • 유장한 (한국자원연구소)
  • Received : 1998.08.28
  • Accepted : 1998.11.05
  • Published : 1998.12.31


Fly ashes have been deposited around Youngwol power plant until electrostatic precipitator was installed in 1981. Fresh fly ash samples from electrostatic precipitator and weathered fly ash from ash disposal site were collected from Youngwol power plant, along with 65 soil samples of nearby area to look into the influence of PFA deposit on the soils in surrounding area. In chemistry, EPA does not contain high level of toxic elements and there is no notable concentration of toxic elements in soil near power plant. Total concentrations of Co, Cr, Cu, V, and Zn are 13 ppm, 89 ppm, 73 ppm, 157 ppm and 57 ppm in PFA. Concentrations of theses elements in ash-rich soils are 15 ppm, 78 ppm, 60 ppm, 133 ppm and 68 ppm, and those in ash-poor soils are 19 ppm, 70 ppm, 38 ppm, 91 ppm and 97 ppm. But these metal elements are highly concentrated in magnetic fractions of EPA (Co, 129 ppm; Cr, 217 ppm; Cu, 210 ppm; V, 197 ppm; Zn 90 ppm). Considering the process of long-term weathering of PFA, potentially toxic substances from the ash could be leached into soils and groundwater.