Portland Moss Contains High Concentration Of Toxic Cobalt

Posted: Jun 10 2016, 5:13am CDT | by , Updated: Jun 10 2016, 5:32am CDT , in Latest Science News


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Portland Moss Contains High Concentration of Toxic Cobalt
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  • New Study finds a High Concentration of Cobalt and Cadmium in Portland

A new moss study has found a high concentration of cobalt and cadmium in Portland.

The latest study points the finger at Portland as the repository of high levels of cobalt and cadmium. An investigation into the moss plants extant in the region shows that three areas of Portland have high levels of cobalt.

The greatest concentrations are to be found in Pearl District and Southeast Portland. A previous moss study took place in 2013 and it showed that at least six metals that are a hazard are present in the loci of influence.

Two glass corporations were shown to be the source of cancer-causing cadmium deposits in the environment. The Forest Service has thus made an interactive map showing the regions with high levels of dangerous metals.

The citizens of Portland are worried sick regarding the effects of these hazardous metals on their general health. However, local authorities have reassured them that the high levels of toxic metals in the moss trees does not mean that the concentration in the air is just as high. Nevertheless, air tests will still be carried out to confirm whether the metal concentrations are a threat or not.

Various metals, that are a health hazard waiting to happen, will be tested for. These include in their ranks: arsenic, chromium, cobalt, lead and nickel. Also bimonthly samples of moss will be thoroughly examined to determine whether they have high levels of toxic metals in them or not.

A study of moss plants on a statewide level lies in the making. This is a necessary step in the cleanup act that the local authorities are overseeing. The Forest Service will be working in synch with other agencies. This institution has acquired sufficient funds to arrange for the study on an extensive basis.

Lead pools will be examined in the course of the study. The Kenton district will figure in the mix since it has the highest concentration of lead among the various potential places. Lead isotopes will probably be employed in gauging the amount of lead found in crude oil and paint emulsions.

Cobalt is another potentially hazardous metal present in the environment. It may cause lung disorders and hemorrhage not to mention fibrosis in the long term.

Also cobalt causes immune system issues and heart defects. Cadmium too is downright nasty in its side effects. It can cause kidney problems and liver damage.

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