Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)


Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) is a generic name that covers many different types of compounds known to persist in the environment. They include compounds traditional compounds such as PCBs, PAHs, and PCDD/Fs but also includes a variety of new and old compounds and compound classes.

POPs can include any of the following compounds or compound classes:

  • Brominated flame retardants (BFRs)
  • Chlorinated benzenes – hexachlorobenzene (HCB), pentachlorobenzene
  • DDT and its metabolites (DDE, DDD)
  • Halowaxes – chlorinated naphthalenes
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
  • Hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs)
  • Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) – PFOS/PFOA
  • Persistent pesticides – dieldrin, aldrin, heptachlor, mirex, kepone, Toxaphene

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