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Environmental impact of plantations in and around the petroleum refinery: a case study.

Research paper by Padma S PS Rao, Vasant A VA Mhaisalkar, A A Shrivastava, Animesh A Kumar, T T Chakrabarti, S S Devotta

Indexed on: 25 Jul '09Published on: 25 Jul '09Published in: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment



Abstract

Plantation or green belt (GB) grown around the factories and industrial premises improves the condition of land, mitigates air pollution (as the plants serve as a sink for pollutants and check the flow of dust, etc.), and reduces the level of noise pollution. The software developed by NEERI for the determination of the optimal width of GB in and around an industry is based on the pollution attenuation coefficient of selected plant species of deciduous trees existing in the region. The assessment of the impact of these plantations/green belts of 500-m width in and around a petroleum refinery in the west coast of India is evaluated for reducing/managing various waste generated, and it is observed that the overall efficiency is more than 60%.