Air pollution has increased significantly in Vinnytsia over the past year shutterstock

Air pollution has increased significantly in Vinnytsia over the past year

Katerina Belousova

In June, 39 cases of exceeding permissible pollution standards were detected

In Vinnytsia, the composite air pollution index increased from 6.6 to 9.13 over 9 months of 2023 compared to the same period in 2022 due to an increase in formaldehyde and suspended solids (dust) pollution.

This is stated in the draft decision of the City Council "On the Implementation of the Program of Economic and Social Development of Vinnytsia City Territorial Community for 2023 and Approval of the Program of Economic and Social Development of Vinnytsia City Territorial Community for 2024".

It is noted that during 9 months of 2023, the air in Vinnytsia almost always had an elevated content:

  • nitrogen dioxide – danger class 3;
  • hydrogen fluoride – 2nd class of danger;
  • formaldehyde;
  • dust

Specialists of the Vinnytsia Regional Center for Hydrometeorology found the largest number of cases of exceeding the MPC in March (35 times) and in June (39 times). Average daily concentrations of nitrogen dioxide and hydrogen fluoride were almost at the same level. The largest number of cases of excess during the month was recorded in June – 13 and 6 times, which is connected with the onset of a warm period.

In the message, it was emphasized that in 2022, no exceedances of the MPC for dust content were recorded. However, in 2023, these excesses were detected during February-June.

Average indicators of average monthly concentrations of pollutants:

  • nitrogen dioxide – 2.13 GDKs.d (in 2022 – 1.67);
  • hydrogen fluoride – 1.27 (1.34);
  • formaldehyde – 2.7 (1.57).

"The main reasons for the unsatisfactory state of atmospheric air quality and the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are non-compliance by economic entities with the norms of environmental protection legislation and low rates of implementation of the latest technologies," the report says.

It is noted that in order to improve air quality in Vinnytsia, a public monitoring station "LUN Misto Air" was installed. The station shows the concentration of PM1.0, PM2.5, PM10.0 dust in real time and informs about the state of the air (air is clean, acceptable, unhealthy for sensitive groups, unhealthy, very unhealthy, dangerous).

Earlier, EcoPolitic wrote, that in the first half of 2023, Vinnytsia entered the TOP-9 cities with the highest level of air pollution.

As EcoPolitic previously reported, in Vinnytsia the City Council approved the Concept of development of small rivers until 2035 in order to improve their condition and make the banks a recreation area.

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