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Dwindrata Basuki Aviantara
Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT)

Environmental Technology Centre,


Mohamad Yani
IPB University

Faculty of Industrial Engineering,


Nastiti Siswi Indrasti
IPB University

Faculty of Industrial Engineering,


Gunawan Hadiko
The Institute of Ceramics

Head of the Institute of Ceramics

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An overview of technologies suitable for handling Indonesian agricultural soils contaminated with persistent organic pollutants

Dwindrata Basuki Aviantara, Mohamad Yani, Nastiti Siswi Indrasti, Gunawan Hadiko
  J. Degrade. Min. Land Manage. , pp. 3415-3429  
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Since Indonesia have signed and ratified Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in 2009, the country must make efforts to manage POPs appropriately. A number of pollution evident of POPs has occurred in Indonesia, either air, soil or water. Agricultural soils are not excluded from POPs pollution as the result of halogenated pesticide uses or other unidentified sources. Contamination of POPs to humans have been detected, as well as indicated potential exposure of POPs to humans. Based-catalyzed decomposition is a method that can be used to decompose or decontaminate POPs. Limestone can be processed to produce calcium-based catalyst that can apply for POPs decomposition. Indonesia is a country rich in limestone natural resources to produce calcium. However, calcium is inferior to sodium or potassium in reactivity for the dehalogenation of POPs. Thus, more evaluation is needed in order for synthesizing proper and economical calcium-based catalyst to alleviate POPs pollution in Indonesia.


base; calcium; catalyst; dehalogenation; POPs

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