Residential Exposure and Risk Levels to Ambient Formaldehyde and Acetaldehyde According to Distance from Industrial Area in Metropolitan City

  • Jo, Wan-Kuen (Department of Environmental Engineering, Kyungpook National University) ;
  • Lee, Jin-Woo (Department of Environmental Engineering, Kyungpook National University)
  • Received : 2010.03.12
  • Accepted : 2010.05.20
  • Published : 2010.06.30


The present study evaluated residential exposure to atmospheric formaldehyde and acetaldehyde according to distance from the a dyeing industry complex (DIC). This purpose was achieved by measuring concurrently the outdoor air concentrations in residences near the DIC and a certain distance away, plus the outdoor air concentrations at two industrial areas within the DIC boundary. Formaldehyde concentrations (median values of 24.3 and $22.5{mu}g/m^3$ in IS1 and IS2, respectively) were higher than acetaldehyde concentrations (median values of 7.4 and $7.3{mu}g/m^3$ in IS1 and IS2, respectively) at both sites. However, there was no significant difference in the industrial outdoor air concentrations of both formaldehyde and acetaldehyde between the two sites. In addition, the median formaldehyde concentration from the residential site near the DIC (RS1) was about 1.5 times higher than that from the residential site far away from the DIC(RS2), and the median acetaldehyde concentration from RS1 was about 1.3 times higher than that from RS2. It is noteworthy that the mean or median risk as well as these maximum risks are well above the USEPA's permissible risk level of $10^{-6}$ from environmental exposure. This suggests that appropriate management for formaldehyde and acetaldehyde is necessary in order to decrease risk of the residents of study areas, regardless of the distance from the DIC.


Dyeing industry;Statistical analysis;Industrial site;Permissible risk level;Environmental exposure


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