Acid deposition remains major cause of building damage

An official programme of research into the effects of air pollution on building materials has concluded that sulphur dioxide remains the main cause of damage to stone in more polluted areas of Britain, and is also an important factor in steel corrosion. The results will influence the UK's acid emissions control policy into the next century.

The research was conducted by the Building Research Establishment in conjunction with Warren Spring Laboratory, the National Physical Laboratory, British Coal and National Power. It was initiated by the Department of the Environment in 1986 after a report on acid rain by the House of Commons Environment Committee had criticised the Government for ignoring the obvious signs of pollution damage to cathedrals and other historic buildings.

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