Research note

Dynamic of pollutants concentration in forest stands from Copsa Mica industrial area

Marian Ianculescu , Monica Ionescu, Dora Lucaci, Ștefan Neagu, Cristina - Mihaela Mãcãrescu

Marian Ianculescu
Forest Research and Management Institute, 128 Eroilor Bd., Voluntari, Ilfov, 077190, Romania. Email: na@na.com
Monica Ionescu
Forest Research and Management Institute, 128 Eroilor Bd., Voluntari, Ilfov, 077190, Romania
Dora Lucaci
Forest Research and Management Institute, 128 Eroilor Bd., Voluntari, Ilfov, 077190, Romania
Ștefan Neagu
Forest Research and Management Institute, 128 Eroilor Bd., Voluntari, Ilfov, 077190, Romania
Cristina - Mihaela Mãcãrescu
Forest Research and Management Institute, 128 Eroilor Bd., Voluntari, Ilfov, 077190, Romania

Online First: September 30, 2009
Ianculescu, M., Ionescu, M., Lucaci, D., Neagu, Ș., Mãcãrescu, C. 2009. Dynamic of pollutants concentration in forest stands from Copsa Mica industrial area. Annals of Forest Research 52(1): 207-226.


The paper presents the dynamics of pollutants concentrations from nonferrous metallurgical plant in Copsa Mica, considered, between the years 1985 - 1989, as the most polluted area, even in the world, and detected as a large black spot on Landsat satellite imagery. Returning to investigations in this area, after 20-25 years, the pollution activity was changed after 1990, as a consequence of the reduction of industrial capacity, including the black smoke plant decommissioning, and the chimney built for exhaust pollutants over 350 m feet high, resulted some conclusions, necessary for decisions that have to be taken by environmental, forestry, health and agriculture authorities.The litter, soil and vegetation samples were colected from the same permanent sample plots between the years 2006-2009, as between the years 1985-1989, using the same methods, in order to be compared and analyzed. Therefore, returning to investigations in these permanent sample plots, were found the following conclusions: i) between the period 1985 - 1989, in all examined cases were revealed high pollutants concentrations, even exceeding the maximum allowable limit (MAL) consisting of suphur compounds in synergistic action with heavy metals (Cu, Pb, Cd, Zn, Mn, etc.), in vegetation and litter, which was directly correlated with noxious concentrations in the air, and concentrations below MAL in soil samples; ii) contrary, regarding the new pollution activity, it has been revealed low noxious concentration, in vegetation, litter and soil samples collected during the period between the years 2006-2008, which are directly related to their low concentration level in the air. Due to pollutants accumulation phenomenon over the years, high pollutants concentrations, ten times higher than MAL, were found in the superior soil layer. In such circumstances the best solution to protect the environment, population and livestock of the damaged area, for tens of thousands of hectares, is the closure of pollution sources, continuing ecological reconstruction works, already carried out on about 500 hectares of degraded land, unfortunately unsuitable for other uses-only for forestry fields, followed by vigorous action of soils decontamination, based on extensive interdisciplinary research. 

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