Pollutant Information: Manganese 

About Manganese

Category: Heavy metals and base cations

Long-term exposure to high levels of manganese can result in effects on the central nervous system such as visual reaction time, hand-eye coordination and hand steadiness. Exposure to higher levels over a long period of time can result in a syndrome known as manganese. This leads to feelings of weakness and lethargy, tremors and psychological disturbances. Between 1990 and 2016, emissions have declined by 32%, almost entirely as a result of the declining use of coal and improved abatement of emissions at coal-fired power stations, and reductions in emissions from electric arc steelmaking furnaces. Emissions from the burning of wood and other biomass fuels have grown, and accounted for 69% of UK emissions of manganese in 2016, with most of this from industrial plant.

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