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Biochar for Organic Contaminant Management in Soil

In recent years, the incidence of soil contamination is increasing globally (Bolan et  al. 2004; Mench et  al. 2010). Approximately 3.5 million sites in industrial and mine areas, landfills, energy production plants, and agricultural land are potentially contaminated in Europe (Petruzzelli 2012). Soil contamination with organic pollutants is usually caused by industrial activities or inadequate management of pesticides and chemicals in agricultural production and

from household waste (Fabietti et  al. 2010). Many  organic pollutants are recalcitrant and may accumulate in soils where they can enter the human food chain or harm ecosystems.