Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
POSSAMAI, Fernando Pagani et al. Inactive dumps in Santa Catarina´s carboniferous area: analysis of risks to the public health and the environment. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.1, pp. 171-179. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232007000100020.
The existence of inactive dumps considerably increases the so-called "environmental liability"; so much so that the final destination of urban solid residues takes a prominent place on the list of environmental issues of societies1. In the state of Santa Catarina, it can be said that, currently, the real conditions of the "final destination deposits", or simply the inactive dumps, is officially unknown. This is maybe most evident in the carboniferous area of the state that already suffers from the environmental impact of coal mining. This study attempts to make a survey of the inactive dumps in the carboniferous area of Santa Catarina, analysing the risks they represent to public health and to the environment. The results gathered show that, of the eleven municipal districts in the carboniferous area, nine have inactive dumps. In these nine districts, there are eleven inactive dumps that, according to the this evaluation, represent a large risk to public health and the environment when the parameters analysed are taken into acount.
Keywords : Solid residues; Inactive dumps; Environmental legislation; Remedy.