ASSESSMENT OF AIR POLLUTION AND ITS IMPACTS OF THE MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE DUMPING SITE AT KOSAVAMPATTY, NAMAKKAL, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
M. Amsaveni, B.Vigneshkumar, Dr. K. Kalaiselvi
The generation of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Indian cities has resulted in acute environmental and health problems due to improper management. Air Pollution is one of the utmost environmental concerns in India due to open disposal and burning of MSW. In the present study, including particulate matter 10.0 (PM10.0), particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5), Sulphur dioxide (SO2), oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and Carbon monoxide (CO) were investigated during both pre monsoon and post monsoon season in four directions around Kosavampatty open dumping ground and inner site of the dump yard in Namakkal, India. The result was indicated that the concentration of SPM and RSPM in all the study area were higher than NAAQS (CPCB, 2009) and there is an urgent need to regulate and monitor the ambient air quality in Namakkal, especially around the dumping sites. The Air Quality Index (AQI) calculated for all study sites shows that moderately polluted which is a cause of critical health impacts to the habitants.
Keywords: Air pollutants, Ambient Air, Municipal Solid Waste, Dumping Site, Impact, Environment, Human Health