Pollutant Information: Sodium
Category: Heavy metals and base cations
Base cations such as sodium are important in the environment because deposition has an impact upon surface pH, causing an increase in alkalinity, thereby buffering or neutralizing the effects of acidity generated by sulphur and nitrogen. It is for this reason these emissions are of interest, rather than their negative impacts upon human health or ecosystems. Steelmaking was responsible for 31% of total emissions in 2016. Construction generated 22% of the UK emission in that year, while domestic, industrial and power station use of coal contributed 19%.
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