Element composition of insoluble fraction of aerosols in snow in the vicinity of oil chemistry refinery (Pavlodar City, Kazakhstan) and petrochemical plant (Tomsk City, Russia)

Anna V. Talovskaya, Ekaterina A. Filimonenko, Egor G. Yazikov, Tatyana S. Shakhova, Irina A. Parygina

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Abstract

Tomsk petrochemical plant (Russia) and Pavlodar oil chemistry refinery (Kazakhstan) are the sources of air contamination in Tomsk and Pavlodar respectively. Therefore, it is very important to study the level of air contamination with particulate matter as well as ultimate composition of these particles. Disposable solid particles fall out to the snow cover, so snow is an accumulator of the particles. The article deals with the study results of dust load and concentrations of Br, Sb, La, Ce, Sm and Nd in insoluble fraction of aerosols in snow in the vicinity of Pavlodar oil chemistry refinery and Tomsk petrochemical plant. The instrumental neutron activation analysis was used for the ultimate composition detection. Results were shown that the dust load in the vicinity of Tomsk petrochemical plant is higher than in Pavlodar. We have detected high concentrations of La, Br and Sm in insoluble fraction of aerosols in snow in the vicinity of Pavlodar refinery and high concentrations of Sb and Ce in Tomsk. Moreover, we have detected high Br concentration in insoluble fraction of aerosols in snow of the vicinity of both plants. Gas burning on the flares of these enterprises is likely a potential source of Br. La to light lanthanoids ratio have shown La is of anthropogenic origin. In addition, enrichment factor estimation reflects an anthropogenic origin of La, Sm, Br, Ce and Sb as well. These elements might be emitted from different production facilities of the plants.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics
Subtitle of host publicationAtmospheric Physics
PublisherSPIE
Volume9680
ISBN (Electronic)9781628419085
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event21st International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics - Tomsk, Russian Federation
Duration: 22 Jun 201526 Jun 2015

Conference

Conference21st International Symposium on Atmospheric and Ocean Optics: Atmospheric Physics
CountryRussian Federation
CityTomsk
Period22.6.1526.6.15

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Keywords

  • dust load
  • insoluble fraction of aerosols in snow
  • petrochemical plant
  • petroleum refinery
  • snow contamination.
  • trace elements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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