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Exposure to a concentrated vapour or solution may cause the victim to experience pain, redness and blistering of the skin. Ammonia, even at low concentrations, can irritate the eyes and cause burning, swelling, photophobia and, in some cases, blindness. 16 THE A-Z OF THE ENVIRONMENT The consequences of chronic long-term exposure to ammonia may also include pneumonia, kidney damage, cataracts, glaucoma, ulceration and perforation of the cornea, and blindness. Acid rain Hazardous substances: classification Anaerobic digestion The breaking down of organic matter in oxygen free conditions.

Absolute duties are qualified by the terms “shall” or must” and there is little or no defence available when charged with such an offence. Most of the duties under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and Regulations made under the Act are of a strict or absolute nature. Similar provisions are incorporated in health and safety legislation, such as the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Acidification The process of a medium, such as soil, increasing its acidity, below a pH of 6.

Other liquids produce a vapour on heating, the amount of vapour being directly related to the boiling point of that particular liquid. A vapour contains very minute droplets of the liquid. However, in the case of a fog, the liquid droplets are much larger. Smoke Smoke is a product of incomplete combustion, mainly of organic materials. It may include fine particles of carbon in the form of ash, soot and grit that are visibly suspended in air. g. wood, rock, coal, metals, etc. Grit particles, usually considered to be above 75 microns, are unlikely to remain airborne.

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