Dioxins and Related Compounds as Issues of International Concern

  • E. Somers
  • V. M. Douglas
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 26)


In recent years, there has been ever-increasing concern for the real and potential hazards posed to man and the environment by polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs) a class of organochlorine contaminants comprising 75 congeners, the most notorious of which is 2,3,7,8-TCDD. International attention on the dioxins was focused in 1973 by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences conference (Huff and Wassom, 1973). Intensive investigations have followed. Physical and chemical characteristics of the dioxins that influence their distribution and persistence in the environment include:
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    Relatively insoluble in water, but soluble in lipids

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    Easily absorbed onto soil

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    Environmentally stable

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    Metabolized slowly



Great Lake International Joint Commission Dioxin Emission Conventional Combustion Organochlorine Contaminant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Somers
    • 1
  • V. M. Douglas
    • 1
  1. 1.Health Protection BranchDepartment of National Health and Welfare Health Protection BranchOttawaCanada

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