Arctic Mercury Releases Inventory

21-01-2005

This inventory summarizes and discusses current releases, usage and disposal of mercury within the eight Arctic countries. Futhermore, legislation and technical measures that are in use or could be considered to reduce mercury releases are considered. The assessment is based on nationally reported information on mercury releases. The main release sources were confirmed to be coal combustion, non-ferrous metal production (gold, copper, nickel, zinc, lead, etc.), incineration of municipal and medical wastes, and the chlor-alkali industry. Atmospheric releases of mercury per inhabitant are lowest in Sweden, Finland and Norway; intermediate in Canada, Denmark and the Russian Federation, and highest in the United States.

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