EVALUATING TEMPORAL PB ISOTOPE RECORD OF METAL DEPOSITION DOWNWIND OF A ZN AND PB SMELTER
Here we will present the first temporal reconstruction of Pb isotope ratios and metal concentrations from Middle Champion Lake, located 11.6 km NE of the Teck Trail facility. Age control for the sediment core is provided by 210Pb dating and 137Cs measurements. Lichens collected at each of the sampled lakes display metal concentrations above background with ranges of Pb (7.47 to 42.64 ppm), Cd (0.46 to 1.48 ppm), Zn (58.2 to 163.39 ppm), In (0.01 to 0.13 ppm), and Bi (0.03 to 0.38 ppm). Pb isotope results from lichens collected 13km south of Champions Lake (208Pb/204Pb=37.5304 ± 0.0028 and 206Pb/204Pb=17.7410 ± 0.0012) suggest that modern Pb deposition primarily originates from the Red Dog (208Pb/204Pb =36.174 ± 0.031 and 206Pb/204Pb =16.526 ± 0.045) and Sullivan (208Pb/204Pb =38.262 ±0.0007 and 206Pb/204Pb =18.4161±0.0008) ores that are processed at the Teck Smelter. These results are consistent with Pb isotopes measured at other sites in the region. Pb isotopic composition in the top section of the Champion Lakes core is expected to exhibit an isotopic signature similar to the lichens, while isotope ratios in lower sections of the core are expected to reflect the history of the ores processed, production changes, and controls on emission technologies at the Teck facility. Pb isotopic signatures will also identify other important sources of Pb into the region, such as the historic use of leaded gasoline.