Anthropogenic mercury emission inventory with emission factors and total emission in Korea

Jeong Hun Kim, Jung Min Park, Sang Bo Lee, Deepak Pudasainee, Yong Chil Seo

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Mercury emissions concentrations, emission factors, and the total national emission from major anthropogenic sources in Korea for the year 2007 were estimated. Uncontrolled and controlled mercury emission factors and the total emission from each source types are presented. The annual national mercury emission from major anthropogenic sources for the year 2007, on average was 12.8 ton which ranged from 6.5 to 20.2 ton. Averaged emissions of elemental, oxidized, and particulate mercury were estimated at 8.25 ton, 3.69 ton, and 0.87 ton, respectively. Due to the removal of a major portion of particulate and oxidized mercury species, elemental mercury was dominant in stack emission. About 54.8% of mercury emission was contributed by industrial sources, 45.0% by stationary combustion sources and 0.02% by mobile sources. Thermal power plants, oil refineries, cement kilns and incinerators (municipal, industrial, medical, sewage sludge) were the major mercury emitters, contributing about 26%, 25%, 21% and 20%, respectively to the total mercury emission. Other sources (crematory, pulp and paper manufacturing, nonferrous metals manufacturing, glass manufacturing) contributed about 8% of the total emission. Priority should be given in controlling mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, cement kilns and waste incinerators. More measurements including natural and re-emission sources are to be carried out in the future in order to have a clear scenario of mercury emission from the country and to apply effective control measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2714-2721
Number of pages8
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jul

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Funding Information:
This study was sponsored by NIER and KIEST , and partially supported by Korea Ministry of Environment under human resource development project for energy from waste & recycling. The participation by the co-working teams from Korea Testing Lab. and LKNJ Ltd. Co. are also appreciated.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Atmospheric Science


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