Halogenated Hydrocarbons in Dutch Water Samples Over the Years 1969 – 1977

  • Ronald C. C. Wegman
  • Peter A. Greve
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 16)


The results of a surveillance program with respect to hexa-chlorobenzene, α-, β- and γ-hexachlorocyclohexane, heptachlor, heptachlorepoxide, dieldrin, endrin, o.p’-DDT, p.p’-DDT, p.p’-DDE, TDE, α- and β-endosulfan, polychlorobifenyls and the parameter “Extractable Organic Chlorine” (EOC1) in the Dutch aquatic environment are presented.

In the period 1969 – 1977, 1,826 water samples were taken at 99 sampling sites.

The highest concentrations of halogenated hydrocarbons were found in the River Rhine and its tributaries.

A sampling trip by boat made along the River Rhine from Rheinfelden in Switzerland to Rotterdam in the Netherlands proved that the source of the α-, β- and γ-HCH-contamination was located between Basel (Switzerland) and Karlsruhe (Federal Republic of Germany).


Petroleum Ether Organochlorine Pesticide Gentle Stream Organochlorine Compound Basic Alumina 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald C. C. Wegman
    • 1
  • Peter A. Greve
    • 1
  1. 1.National Institute of Public HealthBilthovenThe Netherlands

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