The long-term stability of calcium arsenates: Implications for phase transformation and arsenic mobilization.

Author(s) Zhang, D.; Wang, S.; Wang, Y.; Gomez, M.A.; Jia, Y.
Journal J Environ Sci (China)
Date Published 2019 Oct

It is well known that calcium arsenates may not be a good choice for arsenic removal and immobilization in hydrometallurgical practices. However, they are still produced at some plants in the world due to various reasons. Furthermore, calcium arsenates can also naturally precipitate under some specific environments. However, the transformation process of poorly crystalline calcium arsenates (PCCA) and the stability of these samples under atmospheric CO are not yet well understood. This work investigated the transformation process of PCCA produced by using different neutralization reagents (CaO vs. NaOH) with various Ca/As molar ratios at pH 7-12 in the presence of atmospheric CO. After aging at room temperature for a period of time, for samples neutralized with NaOH and precipitated at pH 10 and 12, release of arsenic back into the liquid phase occurred. In contrast, for the samples precipitated at pH 8, the aqueous concentration of arsenic was observed to decrease. XRD, Raman, and SEM results suggested that the formation of various types of crystalline calcium carbonates and/or calcium arsenates controls the arsenic behavior. Moreover, the application of lime may enhance the stability of the generated PCCA. However, no matter what neutralization reagent is used, the stability of the generated PCCA is still of concern.

DOI 10.1016/j.jes.2019.04.017
ISSN 1001-0742
Citation J Environ Sci (China). 2019;84:2941.

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