Air pollution directional risk assessment for siting a landfill

Wei Yea Chen, Jehng-Jung Kao*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Air pollution directional risk (APDR) is an essential factor to be assessed when selecting an appropriate landfill site. Because air pollutants generated from a landfill are diffused and transported by wind in different directions and speeds, areas surrounding the landfill will be subject to different associated risks, depending on their relative position from the landfill. This study assesses potential APDRs imposed from a candidate landfill site on its adjacent areas on the basis of the pollutant distribution simulated by a dispersion model, wind directions and speeds from meteorological monitoring data, and population density. A pollutant distribution map layer was created using a geographic information system and layered onto a population density map to obtain an APDR map layer. The risk map layer was then used in this study to evaluate the suitability of a candidate site for placing a landfill. The efficacy of the proposed procedure was demonstrated for a siting problem in central Taiwan, Republic of China.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1539-1545
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Air and Waste Management Association
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008

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