Sulfur Oxides and Particulates From the Combustion of Coal and Oil
When coal or oil are burned, the products of combustion include carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, several forms of nitrogen oxides, and a mixture of dusts, fumes, and smokes that together are called the particulate emissions. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) and the particulates are by far the most important of these waste products from the point of view of human health. Huge quantities of these fuels are burned for space heating in the northeastern and central regions of the United States, and for power generation throughout the country. Sulfur dioxide is also produced copiously by smelting and by volcanos.
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