Developing a Regional Pollution Dispersion Model for EPAP II Projects in Greater Cairo for COWI Consultants
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Monitoring & Impact Assessment
COWI Consultants
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The Egyptian Pollution Abatement Project(EPAP II) was implemented from 2007-12 with a loan and grant facility to industry of approximately US$160 million from the World Bank, European Investment Bank(EIB), JICA and the French Development Agency. The geographic focus was selected hot spot areas in Greater Cairo and Alexandria. EMC LLP had been previously approved by EIB for assignments on air dispersion modelling and training of EEAA staff aand for the development of the EPAP II Management Information System. For this assignment, the outputs of the above were implemented and focus was made on air dispersion modelling of the cumulative impacts of EPAP II sub projects on designated receptors/communities in South Cairo. Followup action was also made on NBE on financial data entry and report generation for the Management Information System. The key responsibilities of EMC for this project were: 1. To enter relevant air quality data in collaboration with EEAA staff and run ISC AERMOD air dispersion models based on the following scenarios: (i) Cumulative impacts of EPAP II projects at Tourah Cement, Helwan Cement, National Cement and Arab Abu Saad brickworks on designated receptors/communities including the ambient air monitoring stations at Arab Abu Saad and Tabbin in South Cairo. (ii)Cumulative impacts of EPAP II plus implementation of all actions in the agreed Compliance Action Plans on the same receptors/communities. (iii)Cumulative impacts of the EPAP II Projects, CAP actions and the closure of all wet lines at Tourah Cement(plus dry Line 7 at Plant 1), Helwan Cement and National Cement on the same receptors/communities. (iv)Compare current dispersion concentrations with actual measurements at the ambient air monitoring stations at Arab Abu Saad and Tabbin for particulates and sulphur dioxide. (v)Provide training to EEAA on receptor modelling using ISC AERMOD and the outputs of the above. (vi)Prepare report on findings. (vii)Hold a half-day workshop for EEAA staff(air quality, inspection and EIA departments) to promote the impacts of EPAP II initiatives and the application of air dispersion modelling in predicting environmental impacts. 2. Coordinate with NBE to accelerate financial data entry into the Management Information System and to resolve any issues that may arise in data entry or report generation.
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