Emission characterization, environmental impact, and control measure of PM 2.5 emitted from agricultural crop residue burning in China

Abstract

Agricultural crop residue burning, including open field burning and burned as household fuel, is a sig- nificant emission source of primary fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and gaseous precursors of secondary PM2.5. However, limited information exists on emission characterization, environmental impact, and control measure of PM2.5 emitted from agricultural crop residue burning in China. In this study, labo- ratory simulation experiments were conducted to characterize emission factors of PM2.5 and PM2.5- bound chemical compositions from the burning of three typical agricultural crop residues (rice, wheat and corn straw). PM2.5-bound chemical compositions in our measurements include elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC), water-soluble ions (WSI), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and alkyl-polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (APAHs). Emission factors of PM2.5 and PM2.5-bound EC, OC, WSI, PAHs and APAHs were 13.1, 1.38, 7.68, 1.40, 0.99 10 3 and 0.20 10 3 g kg 1 for rice straw, 6.2, 0.55, 2.93, 1.53, 0.85 10 3 and 0.22 10 3 g kg 1 for wheat straw, and 10.5, 0.94, 5.93, 1.53, 0.93 10 3 and 0.22 10 3 g kg 1 for corn straw, respectively. PM2.5 emissions from agricultural crop residue burning were estimated to be 1248, 1485, and 1826 Gg in 2003, 2008, and 2013, respectively. Environmental impacts resulted from open field burning of agricultural crop residue, including visibility impairment, air quality degradation (sometimes heavy haze pollution) and adverse health effects, were explored in this study. Furthermore, in order to ensure the attainment of good ambient air quality during the harvest season, some control measures, such as straw returning to soil, power generation, biogas production and animal feed supply etc., were proposed to prohibit open field burning of agricultural crop residue in China.

Author

Hefeng Zhang , Jun Hu , Yixuan Qi , Chunlin Li d, Jianmin Chen d, Xinming Wang , Jingwei He , Shuxiao Wang , Jiming Hao , Linlin Zhang , Lijia Zhang , Yuanxun Zhang , Runkui Li , Shulan Wang *, Fahe Chai

Journal

Journal of Cleaner Production, 2017

Keywords

Agricultural crop residue burning Heavy haze pollution, PM2.5, PM2.5-bound chemical compositions Env

References

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652617303074