Pollution Issues In South Carolina

 

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Air pollution is linked to problems with the heart and lungs, and it can even cause people to die too soon. Large pollution particles in the air can cause irritation and discomfort, while small, fine pollution from sources like car exhaust or power plants can get deep into lung tissue and enter the bloodstream. Pollutants in the air also hurt the environment because they move from one place to another. Some examples are that lakes and streams are getting more acidic and that the patterns of nutrients in soil are changing.

Fine particle air pollution, which can come from wildfires, has been linked to problems with the lungs and heart, such as:

  • Lungs that don’t work as well.
  • Asthma
  • Strange heartbeat
  • Heart attack

Sources of air pollution on the move

Mobile sources include cars, trucks, buses, and equipment that is not used on the road (such as boats, aeroplanes, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and other agricultural and construction equipment). Bus and car lines near schools, gas-powered yard equipment, and gasoline and oil spills on the roads can all make a big difference in how dirty the air is.

Idling cars, trucks, and other machines pollute the air when they are running. In fact, letting a car idle for more than 10 seconds uses more gas than it takes to start the engine. Carbon monoxide (CO), particulate matter (PM), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are also called hydrocarbons, are all found in mobile source emissions. 

They also contribute a lot to the formation of ozone near the ground. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that more than 200 million cars and trucks on U.S. roads are responsible for 77 percent of carbon monoxide (CO) and 45 percent of nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the air.

Sources of air pollution that aren’t points

Small sources of pollution like dry cleaners, gas stations, and auto body paint shops are examples of nonpoint sources. They can also come from heating and cooling systems, fireplaces, paints and coatings on buildings, and even the barbecue grills in your neighbourhood. Sources of pollution in the area include open burning, landfills, and the treatment of wastewater. Aside from rules for sources of dangerous air pollution, there aren’t many rules for nonpoint sources.

Even though the emissions from each nonpoint source are small, the emissions from all of them can be a problem, especially when there are a lot of sources in areas with a lot of people. Over 50% of all particulate matter (PM) emissions come from nonpoint sources, which is more than point or mobile sources. They also give off Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), which are also called hydrocarbons, and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which help make ground-level ozone.

Cities work to keep water clean

It can be as simple as a campaign to teach people about something or as complicated as a DNA test. There are many ways for cities and towns to fight and stop water pollution.

According to Carolina Clear, a Clemson Extension programme that teaches about stormwater and gets the word out, more than 1,150 waterways in South Carolina are “impaired,” which means they are too polluted to meet water quality standards.

Learn the difference between point and nonpoint

Pollution from a point source comes from a single source, like a factory or a sewer pipe. Stormwater runoff is an example of nonpoint source pollution. It comes from many different places and is one of the biggest threats to water quality in the U.S.

With stormwater runoff, rainwater picks up trash, pet waste, and leaves and washes them off roads, parking lots, and roofs into a storm drain, which empties into a waterway. The problem is also made worse by the overuse of fertilisers and herbicides on farms and in residential areas.

Other ways it gets there are when oil, antifreeze, or household chemicals are spilled or dumped into drainage systems. Pollution can also come from construction sites that aren’t run well.

South Carolina’s stormwater is dirty

What does Nonpoint Source Pollution mean?

Nonpoint source pollution (NPS), which is also called polluted runoff, comes from a lot of different places. Point source pollution comes from places like sewage treatment plants and industrial facilities. Nonpoint source pollution, on the other hand, comes from water flowing over land from rain or irrigation. As water flows across the land, it picks up pollutants and carries them away.

Some of these pollutants are oil and dirt from the roads, chemicals used in farming from farmland, and fertilisers, pesticides, and pet waste from cities and suburbs. Eventually, this polluted runoff is dumped directly or indirectly into the nearest body of water or through systems that drain rainwater.

Where does pollution in NPS come from?

Pollution in the NPS is something that everyone is responsible for.

In rural areas, agricultural practices add nutrients, toxic chemicals, and waste from the use of fertilisers, pesticides, and animal husbandry.

Most of the pollution that comes from suburbs and cities comes from the people who live there. Traditional gardening techniques used by homeowners, such as mowing, fertilising, watering, and using pesticides, create a lot of nutrients and toxic chemicals that end up in nearby waterways.

Other toxic chemicals come from how car fluids, paint, and other common household items are used, stored, and thrown away. In suburbs and cities, bacteria can come from pet waste or septic systems that were not built or kept well. It’s also important to remember that a lot of pollutants like nutrients, toxic chemicals, bacteria, sediment, and trash build up on roads, parking lots, rooftops, driveways, and sidewalks.

 

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