African Journal of Biotechnology

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Acute toxicity assessment of crude lead-extract from electronic waste materials in Nigeria

OC Eneh, PA Akah


Lead, with its toxic emission and pollution, is one of the hazardous chemical components of electronic wastes (e-wastes) rapidly generated in developing countries. This study assessed the environmental health effects of crude lead extracted from e-wastes materials, as determined by its acute toxicity (rat, oral). Diluted HNO3 and hot concentrated HCl tests were used to confirm the presence of lead in the extract. LD50 (400 mg/kg) showed higher toxicity than the lowest toxic dose of 790 mg/kg reported in literature. There was a perfect positive correlation between the log dose and dead percentage, which was significant at 0.014, with 0.99° of confidence. The R2 (0.839) and significance F (0.029) showed high reliability. In view of this, we recommend the inclusion of enlightenment and making/enforcing adequate policies for improved management and control of e-waste materials.

Key words: Environmental health effect, toxic chemical component, e-waste.
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