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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 04)
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Ambient Particulate Matter Monitoring - A Case Study at Tarkwa

Kenneth J. Bansah and Newton Amegbey
Corresponding Author:  Kenneth J. Bansah 

Key words:  Airborne particulates, air pollution, health implications, tarkwa, threshold limit, ,
Vol. 4 , (04): 419-423
Submitted Accepted Published
December 16, 2011 January 08, 2012 April 15, 2012
Abstract:

Air pollution from airborne particulates remains a major concern of the communities within the mining areas. In Ghana, little research has been done to ascertain the health implications of living around the mine sites. This study studied ambient particulate matter less than 10 μm (PM10) pollution at Gold Fields Ghana Limited (GFGL) mine residence in Tarkwa. A four-month PM10 monitoring was performed at GFGL mine residence. The Gaussian Dispersion Model was also used to predict the concentration of PM10 in the Tarkwa Township. The results show that 13% of the PM10 concentrations obtained exceeded the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency’s threshold limit of 70 μg/m3. The dispersion model indicated that PM10 generated from GFGL attains a concentration of 68 μg/m3 when it reaches the Tarkwa Township.
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Kenneth J. Bansah and Newton Amegbey, 2012. Ambient Particulate Matter Monitoring - A Case Study at Tarkwa.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 4(04): 419-423.
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