ISSN 1062-7391, Journal of Mining Science, 2017, Vol. 53, No. 5, pp. 945–953. © Pleiades Publishing, Ltd., 2017.
Original Russian Text © V.N. Oparin, V.P. Potapov, O.L. Giniyatullina, A.A. Bykov, E.L. Schastlivtsev, 2017, published in Fiziko-Tekhnicheskie Problemy
Razrabotki Poleznykh Iskopaemykh, 2017, No. 5, pp. 162–171.
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Integrated Monitoring of Induced Air Pollution
in Mining Regions
V. N. Oparin
*, V. P. Potapov
, O. L. Giniyatullina
A. A. Bykov
, and E. L. Schastlivtsev
Chinakal Institute of Mining, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences,
Novosibirsk, 630091 Russia
Kemerovo Division, Institute of Computational Technologies,
Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, Kemerovo, 650025 Russia
Received August 28, 2017
Abstract—The authors propose to assess air pollution in mining regions using the integrated instrumental
monitoring, calculation and remote sensing. The algorithms for experimental data processing for the
calculation and remote monitoring of snow cover pollution as a universal indicator of the pollution
distribution in air are substantiated. The article presents the integrated monitoring data on the induced load
in the air in the large mining industry cluster in Kuzbass.
Keywords: Air, pollutants, monitoring, mining region, integrated data processing method, snow cover, earth
One of the urgent problems in mining regions of our country yet remains pollution of air and
terrestrial ecosystems by emissions of coal mines. Mines are often situated nearby or inside the
territory of communities and directly affect nature and people. Particularly, this is typical for the
Kemerovo Region where coal mining is developed most intensively and coal production exceeds
215 Mt per year.
According to , total pollutant emissions of stationary sources in the Kemerovo Region in 2015
were 1344.459 thou t. The largest impact is exerted by the mineral mining (61.1%), processing (20.1%),
electric energy generation and distribution as well as gas and water supply (16.7%). Emissions are
mostly gaseous and liquid (90.4%), solid pollutants make 9.6%. The highest anthropogenic load is
observed in the Novokuznetsk area—5005 kg/man; Belovo—2033, Prokopyevsk—2786 and Leninsk-
Kuznetsky area—2741 kg/man. These areas are the major coal mining clusters in Kuzbass.
Power engineering and coal mining industry make the largest contribution to air pollution. Starting
from 2011, emissions have grown from 223.038 to 224.515 thou t in power industry and from
804.266 to 810.597 thou t in fuel industry. The major portion in air emissions in coal mining regions
is constituted by methane. Solid emissions total 19.6% of overall pollutant discharge of the fuel
industry in this region.
The currently used system of instrumental air pollution monitoring is “point-wise” and located in
large towns in Kuzbass. The stationary points of routine monitoring are set in three towns:
Kemerovo—8, Novokuznetsk—8 and in Prokopyevsk—2. The data of the stationary points are the
source of direct and statistically supported information  but unable to provide a detailed
generalized regional assessment of ecological state of nature-and-industry system and health in the
coal mining regions.