Iranians inhale over 1400 tons of sulfur dioxide a day

TEHRAN, May 10 (MNA) -- Managing director of Tehran Controlling Air Quality co. here on Sunday said that Iranians breathe in more than 1400 tons of sulfur dioxide per day.

According to Yusef Rashidi, an average of 91million liters of diesel is distributed to gas stations daily.

 

“Such a great consumption plays an important role in threatening the ecology,” Rashidi said.

 

Sulfur dioxide, with the formula SO2, is among primary pollutants directly released from factories or produced by in various industrial processes, he explained.

 

Since coal, petroleum, and diesel often contain sulfur compounds, their combustion generates sulfur dioxide.

 

Rashidi called those who have outdoor activities most affected by SO2, explaining that such air pollutants causes aggravated asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, lung and heart diseases, and respiratory allergies.     

 

He also referred to the recent official studies, and said petrol ranks first in consumption rate of fuel followed by diesel, while, he added, CNG has the lowest consumption rate in the country.

 

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MNA

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