J. Phys. IV France
Volume 107, May 2003
Page(s) 1317 - 1319

J. Phys. IV France
107 (2003) 1317
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:20030543

Atmospheric lead as indicator of children's blood lead in Mumbai India

R.M. Tripathi, R. Raghunath, S. Sadasivan and V.D. Puranik

Environmental Assessment Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 85,India

Average concentration of Pb in air particulates in different suburbs of Mumbai during 1998-2001 varied between 0.11 and 0.35  $\mu$g m -3. The concentration of Pb in all the residential suburban atmosphere is well below the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB, 1994) prescribed limit of 1  $\mu$g m -3. The daily intake Pb for Mumbai children through ingestion was found to vary from 13.9-18.9  $\mu$g. The concentrations of Pb in blood of 6-lOy old children residing in different suburbs of Mumbai were found to vary from 8.3 to 9.8  $\mu$g dl -l. The correlation between blood lead of children and air lead reveals that the blood Pb level in children could increase by 3.52  $\mu$g dl -1 for an incremental rise of 1.0  $\mu$g m -3 of air Pb concentration.

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