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Zuzana Rusičová and Magdaléna Bálintová

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Pollution of the environment components in many cases presents unacceptable risks to human health and the environment. Risk analysis is one of the tools which help to find a socially acceptable level of the environmental quality. Evaluation of the environmental impacts can be the base for the optimal spatial arrangement and functional use of territory - landscape optimization. In Slovakia, LANDEP methodology based on the principles of sustainable development, is very often used for landscape planning. The paper deals with environmental risk assessment of components of environment (air, water, soil, waste, etc.). The results are used as a base for design of the optimal spatial setting and functional utilization of the land - landscape optimization.

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Stefan Demcak and Magdalena Balintova

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Sulphates in wastewaters have an origin as the by-products of a variety of industrial operations. A specific and major producer of such effluents, which contained sulphates and heavy metals, is the mining industry. These contaminants should be removed from wastewater using an adequate process of treatment.

The paper deals with selected heavy metals (iron, cooper, and manganese) and sulphate removal from acid mine drainage outflowing from an abandoned mine in Smolnik (Slovakia) using the modified biosorbent - Holland hemp hurds. Pre-treatment of acid mine drainage was based on oxidation of ferrous cations from acid mine drainage by hydrogen peroxide and subsequent precipitation. The precipitate were analysed by infrared spectrometry which found the precipitate containing hydroxide and sulphate functional groups. During this process the concentration of sulphate decreased by 43.8 %. Hemp hurds modified by NaOH decreased concentration of Cu2+ in solution by about 70 %

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Alena Luptáková, Ingrida Kotuličová, Magdaléna Bálintová and Štefan Demčák

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Acid mine drainage (AMD) is a worldwide problem leading to contamination of water sources. AMD are characterized by low pH and high content of heavy metals and sulphates. The barium salts application presents one of the methods for the sulphates removing from AMD. Barium chloride, barium hydroxide and barium sulphide are used for the sulphates precipitation in the form of barium sulphate. Because of high investment costs of barium salts, barium sulphide is recycled from barium sulphate precipitates. It can be recycled by thermic or bacterial reduction of barium sulphate. The aim of our study was to verify experimentally the possibility of the bacterial transformation of BaSO4 to BaS by sulphate-reducing bacteria. Applied BaSO4 came from experiments of sulphates removal from Smolnik AMD using BaCl2.

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Anna Mrazikova, Renata Marcincakova, Jana Kadukova, Oksana Velgosova and Magdalena Balintova

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Bioleaching processes were used to solubilize metals (Cu, Ni, Zn and Al) from printed circuit boards (PCBs). In this study, a PCBs-adapted pure culture of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans, pure culture of Acidithiobacillus thiooxidans and PCBs-adapted mixed culture of A. ferrooxidans and A. thiooxidans were used for recovery of the metals. The study showed that the mixed bacterial culture has the greatest potential to dissolve metals. The maximum metal bioleaching efficiencies were found to be 100, 92, 89 and 20% of Cu, Ni, Zn and Al, respectively. The mixed culture revealed higher bacterial stability. The main factor responsible for high metal recovery was the ability of the mixed culture to maintain the low pH during the whole process. The pure culture of A. thiooxidans had no significant effect on metal bioleaching from PCBs.

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Petra Pavlikova, Magdalena Balintova and Marian Holub

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Acid Mine Drainage (AMD) is the most common pollution related to mining. It consists of an aqueous solution containing high metals and sulphate concentration, which impact surface and groundwater and lead to serious environmental problems. Low pH and high concentrations of heavy metals and sulphates are limiting for many various treatment technologies in these acidic waters. Ion - exchange is a very powerful technology where one or more undesirable contaminants are removed from water by exchange with another non-objectionable or less objectionable substance. Many of materials for the ion - exchange treatment is available in a variety forms and have widely differing chemical and physical properties. The paper deals with study of ion - exchange process under static and dynamic conditions for sulphate removal from acidic waters using ion - exchange resin with the aim to apply the results for treatment of acid mine drainage. Two types of experiments were performed under static and dynamic conditions. The efficiency of AMBERLITE MB20 resin for SO4 2- removal from model solution H2SO4 under static conditions decreases from 86.6 % for concentration 100 mg/L to efficiency 66.9 % for concertation 1000 mg/L. The efficiency for sulphate removal from AMD was only 41%. The study also presents three experiments under dynamic conditions, one with new ion - exchange resin a two experiments with its regenerated form. It was find that ion-exchange capacity decreases numbers of regeneration steps.

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Aneta Petrilakova, Magdalena Balintova and Marian Holub

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Geochemical modeling plays an increasingly vital role in a number of areas of geoscience, ranging from groundwater and surface water hydrology to environmental preservation and remediation. Geochemical modeling is also used to model the interaction processes at the water - sediment interface in acid mine drainage (AMD). AMD contains high concentrations of sulfate and dissolved metals and it is a serious environmental problem in eastern Slovakia. The paper is focused on comparing the results of laboratory precipitation of metal ions from AMD (the Smolnik creek, Slovakia) with the results obtained by geochemical modeling software Visual Minteq 3.0.

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Stefan Demcak, Magdalena Balintova, Maria Hurakova, Marina V. Frontasyeva, Inga Zinicovscaia and Nikita Yushin

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Some kinds of natural organic materials have a potential for removal of heavy metal ions from wastewater. It is well known that cellulosic waste materials or by-products can be used as cheap adsorbents in chemical treatment process. In this paper, poplar wood sawdust were used for removal of Cu(II), Zn(II) and Fe(II) ions from model solutions with using the static and dynamic adsorption experiments. Infrared spectrometry of poplar wood sawdust confirmed the presence of the functional groups which correspond with hemicelluloses, cellulose and lignin. At static adsorption was achieved approximately of 80 % efficiency for all treated model solutions. Similar efficiency of the adsorption processes was reached after 5 min at dynamic condition. The highest efficiency of Cu(II) removal (98 %) was observed after 30 min of dynamic adsorption. Changes of pH values confirmed a mechanism of ion exchange on the beginning of the adsorption process.