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The determinations of total petroleum hydrocarbon in soil and groundwater samples were studied at five communities in Rivers State, Nigeria. The result of the analysis indicates that soil samples obtained from Station A at various depths of 1.0 -2.0 m, 3.0 - 4.0 m and 4.0 - 5.0 m were contaminated with Total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) of concentrations 1320.00, 1516.66 and 1063.16 mg/kg, respectively. The result also shows that Station E of soil samples have high TPH concentrations of 1534.66, 1438.00 and 1651.00 mg/kg at different depths, respectively. The result of the analysis indicates that groundwater samples obtained from all the Stations studied were contaminated with TPH. Highest TPH concentration 33076.00 µg/L was recorded at Station D of groundwater sample at depth 0 - 0.5 m.
Key words: Soil and groundwater contamination, total petroleum hydrocarbon, associated health hazards.
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