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Risk Assessment and Air Pollution by the Open Burning of Agricultural Waste and Residues

농업폐기물 소각에 따른 대기오염 실태 및 위해성 평가

  • Kim, Moon-Hyeon (Department of Environmental Engineering, Daegu University) ;
  • Yang, Won-Ho (Department of Occupational Health, Catholic University of Daegu)
  • 김문현 (대구대학교 환경공학과) ;
  • 양원호 (대구가톨릭대학교 산업보건학과)
  • Published : 2007.02.28

Abstract

Waste policies with waste metering system and recycling in 1995 have contributed to the reduction of solid waste generation. Now rural areas as well as urban areas produce less amount of solid wastes in terms of per capita. However most policies in relation to waste issue have been concentrated in urban areas. Large portion of agricultural waste in rural region are being illegally treated such as open incineration or burned out on the road. In this study, we assessed the atmospheric air quality and health risk by illegal open incineration in rural region. In case of benzene level, worst concentration during illegal open incineration was 0.23 ppm and cancer risk by exposure was estimated to $2.29{\times}10^{-3}$.

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