EAF slag is a rock-like material created throughout the steel-making procedure. EAF slag is used as an alternative to rock pieces, both in enveloped uses and unencapsulated uses. In some states, EAF slag is additionally marketed for use in landscaping. In enhancement, the Agency established that EAF slag has raised levels of manganese, hexavalent chromium, and other steels during a routine evaluation of landscape design materials at a residential Superfund site clean-up. It is presently uncertain whether the unencapsulated EAF slag used near houses and schools in the United States causes threats to human wellness. Both manganese and hexavalent chromium can cause adverse health and wellness outcomes in particular situations when these chemicals are consumed or breathed in and they are absorbed into the body. Too much manganese in the body can influence the nervous system specifically in children, and hexavalent chromium can cause cancer. EPA additionally identified that some EAF slag dust examples were extremely alkaline.
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