CONTRIBUTION OF POWER GENERATING SET TO THE AMBIENT AIR LEVEL CONCENTRATION OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS IN A UNIVERSITY ENVIRONMENT
Authors: Adesina O.A, *Okewale A.O
This study investigated the contribution of power generating sets to the ambient levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) around a university environment. Five sampling points were selected based on the proximity to the generating set for the study. Ambient level samplings were done using polyurethane foam (PUF) passive samplers for a period of 28 days. The results showed that the concentration of PAHs at various sampling locations for the period under investigation was in the range of 0.22-2.34 ng/m3 at point A, 0.14 -7.67 ng/m3 for point B while points C, D and E had the range of 0.44-3.24 ng/m3, 0.34-52.13 ng/m3, 0.11-16.45 ng/m3, respectively. The observed pollutants concentration were within the tolerance permissible limit set by Organization of Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), that notwithstanding, continuous exposure to these pollutants is worrisome due to chronic effects.
Affiliations: Department of Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria
Keywords: Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon, GC, Generating Set, Electricity, University
Published date: 2017/06/30