Emissions, dispersion and human exposure of mercury from a Swedish chlor-alkali plant


Mercury in air near a mercury cell chlor-alkali plant in Sweden has been measured within the EU-project EMECAP. Based on the measurements and modelling the annual distributions of GEM and RGM have been calculated for the local area around the plant. The average concentration of GEM in residential areas near the plant was found to be 1-3.5 ng m-3 higher in comparison to the background concentration in this part of Sweden. The emission of RGM (0.55 kg year-1) results in elevated RGM concentrations close to the plant. The greatest impact on the local area is due to wet deposition of RGM. However, only a small fraction (0.4%) of all mercury being emitted was found to be deposited in the local area. No impact on urinary mercury could be demonstrated in the population living close to the plant.

Medarbetare: John Munthe

Nyckelord: Chlor-alkali industry, Emission of elemental and reactive gaseous mercury, Mercury deposition, Urinary mercury

Typ: Artikel

År: 2005

Rapportnummer: A1535

Författare: Ingvar Wängberg, Lars Barregård, Gerd Sällsten, Marie Haeger-Eugensson, John Munthe, Jonas Sommar

Publicerad i: Elsevier, Atmospheric Environment. Volume 39, Issue 39, December 2005, Pages 7451-7458 7th International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant