Pollutant Information: 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 2017, emissions have declined by 30%, 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 75% of UK emissions of manganese in 2017, with most of this from industrial plants.
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