CAS ID #: 7446-09-5
Affected Organ Systems: Immunological (Immune System), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs)
Cancer Effects: None
Chemical Classification: Inorganic substances
Summary: Sulfur dioxide is a colorless gas with a pungent odor. It is a liquid when under pressure, and it dissolves in water very easily. Sulfur dioxide in the air comes mainly from activities such as the burning of coal and oil at power plants or from copper smelting. In nature, sulfur dioxide can be released to the air from volcanic eruptions.
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Summary about a hazardous substance taken from Chapter One of its respective ATSDR Toxicological Profile.
The Mirant Potomac River Generating Plant (Mirant Plant), now GenOn Potomac River Generating Plant, is an electricity-generating facility located on the Potomac River in Alexandria, Virginia. The Mirant Plant uses oil to pre-heat each of its five units then burns coal to generate electricity. The Mirant Plant provides electricity for about 482,000 homes. Plant operations began in 1949.
Publication intended to aid emergency department physicians and other emergency healthcare professionals who manage acute exposures resulting from chemical incidents.
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The MRL is an estimate of the daily human exposure to a hazardous substance that is likely to be without appreciable risk of adverse, non-cancer health effects over a specified duration of exposure. The information in this MRL serves as a screening tool to help public health professionals decide where to look more closely to evaluate possible risk of adverse health effects from human exposure.
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