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Research Article

Human Exposure Pathways of Heavy Metals in a Lead-Zinc Mining Area, Jiangsu Province, China

  • Chang-Sheng Qu,

    Affiliations: State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China, Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Environmental Science, Nanjing, China

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  • Zong-Wei Ma,

    Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

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  • Jin Yang,

    Affiliation: Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China

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  • Yang Liu,

    Affiliation: Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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  • Jun Bi mail,

    huanglei@nju.edu.cn (LH); jbi@nju.edu.cn (JB)

    Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

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  • Lei Huang mail

    huanglei@nju.edu.cn (LH); jbi@nju.edu.cn (JB)

    Affiliation: State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China

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  • Published: November 13, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0046793

About the Authors

Chang-Sheng Qu, Zong-Wei Ma, Jun Bi, Lei Huang
State Key Laboratory of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse, School of the Environment, Nanjing University, Nanjing, China
Jin Yang
Department of Environmental Science & Engineering, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
Yang Liu
Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
Chang-Sheng Qu
Jiangsu Provincial Academy of Environmental Science, Nanjing, China

Corresponding Authors

Competing Interests

One author (JY) is employed by a commercial company, SGS-CSTC Standards Technical Services (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. However, this study was not funded by the SGS company. SGS company is a cooperative partner in this study. The authors have cooperation agreement with SGS company. This does not alter the authors’ adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: CSQ LH JB. Performed the experiments: CSQ JY ZWM. Analyzed the data: CSQ ZWM. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: CSQ YL. Wrote the paper: CSQ LH.