IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Anienye P.N; Ijah U.J.J; Nwambu Nnamdi
Assessment of the effect of kerosene spill on the physicochemical properties of soil ten years after spill at Maikunkele, Niger State was carried out. The pH of the KPS increased from 5.52 to 6.48 while that of the KFS was erratic and ranged from 6.06 to 6.85. There was no significant difference in moisture, nitrogen, organic carbon and available phosphorus contents. There was no significant difference between the height, number of leaves and length of leaf of maize plants in both soils indicating that the polluted soil has recovered greatly. It was observed that when the soil was intentionally polluted with kerosene there was no emergence of maize seedlings at any of the concentrations of kerosene (1%, 3%,5%) used indicating a clear case of phytotoxicity resulting from treatment application which would have been the case if kerosene spill still persisted in the impacted soil.