Abnormal mercury levels in the Brussels air

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High concentrations of mercury were recorded in the air in the north Brussels suburb of Neder-Over-Hembeek on Thursday night.

Abnormally high levels of mercury have been measured in the air in Brussels.

High concentrations of mercury were recorded in the air in the north Brussels suburb of Neder-Over-Hembeek on Thursday night.

The levels were even higher than on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Interregional Environment Unit reports that levels of mercury concentrations of 250 nannogrammes per cubic metre were recorded between 2 and 3am on Friday morning.

This is tens of times more than the normal levels of between two and six nannogrammes per cubic metre.

Meanwhile, excess concentration of ozone were recorded in the air at Sint-Jans Molenbeek (1218 microgrammes per m³) and Haren (530 microgrammes per m³).

The cause of the excess levels of mercury and ozone is as yet unknown.

Frans Fierens of the Interregional Environment Unit told the VRT that there was no danger to public health despite the fact that mercury levels reached a very high peak.

Mr Fierens confirmed that mercury was very bad for your health, but the levels recorded would not be too harmful.

During this period mercury levels were exceedingly high.

The Environment Unit is asking both the Flemish and Walloon authorities to examine the cause of the pollution.

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