Long-range metal pollution waning in Norway

Atmospheric deposition in Norway of heavy metals from other European countries is declining, the pollution control authority (SFT) reports today. For example, a study of mosses at 464 sites throughout the country shows a drop in lead content of 90% over the past 25 years in some areas. Samples were also tested for nine other metals: arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, iron, mercury, nickel, zinc and vanadium. The findings mirror results just reported from Finland (EED 19/12/01). See press release.

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