Ediagbonya et al
Greener Journal of Physical Sciences Vol. 2 (3), pp. 089-096, September, 2012.
ISSN: 2276-7851 © 2011 Greener Journals.
Comparative study of TSP, Inhalable Particles and Respirable Particles in Urban and Rural Areas in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
*Ediagbonya T.F., Ukpebor E.E., Okieimen F.E. and
Okungbowa G. E.
Air Pollution Research Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Benin, Nigeria.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: thompsonisnow@ yahoo. com
Atmospheric environmental problems which had previously received scanty attention in Nigeria have become a subject of increasing National Significance over the two years. In this study the TSP, Inhalable and Respirable fraction were captured in ten locations in Sapele and five locations in Obaretin (rural) area gravimetrically between December 2008 and October 2009 using programmable Air check XR 5000 High volume sampler model 210-5000, with glass filter and respirable foam. The result showed that the mean TSP, Inhalable and Respirable fractions were significantly (P<0.05) higher in Urban than Rural. Also, the urban were more likely to be above the limit set by the Federal Ministry of Environment.
Keywords: Urban Area, Rural area, TSP, Inhalable Particles and Respirable Particles.