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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2012, Article ID 407162, 8 pages
Research Article

Environmental Impact Assessment of the Industrial Estate Development Plan with the Geographical Information System and Matrix Methods

1Tehran Wastewater Company, Power Ministry, Tehran, Iran
2Environment Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
3Department of Geography, Isfahan University, Isfahan, Iran
4Environment Division, Isfahan Industrial Estates Company, Isfahan, Iran
5Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Received 5 September 2011; Accepted 26 September 2011

Academic Editor: Kelishadi Roya

Copyright © 2012 Mohammad Ghasemian et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. The purpose of this study is environmental impact assessment of the industrial estate development planning. Methods. This cross-sectional study was conducted in 2010 in Isfahan province, Iran. GIS and matrix methods were applied. Data analysis was done to identify the current situation of the region, zoning vulnerable areas, and scoping the region. Quantitative evaluation was done by using matrix of Wooten and Rau. Results. The net score for impact of industrial units operation on air quality of the project area was (−3). According to the transition of industrial estate pollutants, residential places located in the radius of 2500 meters of the city were expected to be affected more. The net score for impact of construction of industrial units on plant species of the project area was (−2). Environmental protected areas were not affected by the air and soil pollutants because of their distance from industrial estate. Conclusion. Positive effects of project activities outweigh the drawbacks and the sum scores allocated to the project activities on environmental factor was (+37). Totally it does not have detrimental effects on the environment and residential neighborhood. EIA should be considered as an anticipatory, participatory environmental management tool before determining a plan application.