Europe's hydrogen chloride emissions league led by UK

Coal combustion in the UK contributes half of western Europe's emissions of hydrogen chloride, according to a review of the sources and environmental fate of halogens in the atmosphere by IEA Coal Research.1

Coal contains variable amounts of halogens, with chlorine generally present in the highest concentrations, followed by fluorine, bromine and iodine. When coal is burned, most of the halogen content is emitted as acid gases such as hydrogen chloride and hydrogen fluoride.

The largest emissions of man-made hydrogen chloride are from coal burning and waste incineration. In 1984, the UK released 240,000 tonnes from coal burning, out of a tota

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