Direction for the management of air pollutants based on health risk in Korea

위해성을 고려한 대기오염물질의 관리 방향

  • Kim, Young Ju (Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University) ;
  • Kim, Yong Pyo (Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, Ewha Womans University)
  • 김영주 (이화여자대학교 환경공학과) ;
  • 김용표 (이화여자대학교 화학신소재공학과)
  • Received : 2017.03.12
  • Accepted : 2017.03.29
  • Published : 2017.06.30


Policy direction for the management of air quality in Korea has been on the reduction of the average concentrations of the criteria air pollutants such as sulfur dioxide and fine particles. However, recently, risk based management of air pollutants becomes an important issue. In this study, to develop an effective air quality management policy direction in Korea, (1) the fourth Multiple Air Toxics Exposure Study (MATES IV) carried out in the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SQAQMD) in the USA is reviewed and (2) the results are compared with in these in Seoul and (3) policy directions are suggested. It was found that (1) systematic integrated study comprising of measurement, modeling, emission inventory estimation, and risk assessment was essential to estimate the health risk of air pollutants reliably, (2) cancer risk of diesel particle was dominant over other air pollutants, and (3) health risk based emissions were different from amount based emissions. It was suggested that (1) reducing the exposure from hot spots might important to reduce health risk from air pollutants and (2) an integrated air quality management administration system is important for the efficient management of air pollution.


Supported by : 한국연구재단


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