Pollutant Information: Selenium
Category: Heavy metals and base cations
Acute exposure to selenium by inhalation results in respiratory effects such as irritation to the mucous membranes, severe bronchitis and bronchial pneumonia. Selenium emissions have declined by 83% since 1990. The majority of selenium emissions in earlier years were from coal combustion, and, although emissions have declined with coal use, it remains a significant source in 2015. Only trace amounts are emitted by the combustion of petroleum-based fuels.
Time series graph
|Start year||End year||Sector||Information||Impact|
|1984||1985||Public Electricity and Heat Production||Miners strike resulting in a reduction in the consumption of coal and an increase in the consumption of alternative fuels in power stations for that year.||Decrease in emissions|