Environmental Management

, Volume 18, Issue 2, pp 175–181 | Cite as

Particulates pollution management and economic analysis of small rural enterprises in mountain areas: A case study of Wenquan town in China

  • Datong Ning
  • Huaiyu Li
  • Xiaosong Yang


At present, many rural enterprises in China's mountainous areas are developing rapidly, and due to poor planning and improper management, in an uncontrolled manner. These small enterprises are making atmospheric pollution far more serious and more difficult to control than before. Thus, as is the case with most developing countries, China is facing the challenge of managing the increased environmental pollution that is accompanying its economic development. This paper examines the case of cement dust pollution in the town of Wenquan in Sichuan province in order to determine how to adjust the relationship between development of rural enterprises and atmospheric environmental pollution in mountainous areas. Using the single objective linear programming method, and based on the principle of overall optimization, an optimal control plan for different pollution sources was worked out and an economic assessment on reclamation of cement dust was completed. According to our analysis, after implementation of this plan for four years, two months, the concentrations of suspended particles in Wenquan will achieve the requirement of the national third-order ambient air quality standard; the current serious dust pollution will be completely controlled; and the reclamation of cement dust will totally compensate for the cost of dust control and will result in 92,000 yuan of pure profit per year. At that time, the economy and environment will be in harmony.

Key words

Cement dust Atmospheric particulates pollution Optimal control Economic assessment 


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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Datong Ning
    • 1
  • Huaiyu Li
    • 2
  • Xiaosong Yang
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Environmental SciencesBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Mining Research InstituteBeijing University of Science & TechnologyBeijingChina
  3. 3.Central Research Institute of Mining and MetallurgyBeijingChina

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