POPs-creating Activities

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Since the first half of the last century, POPs have been intentionally developed and used in a wide range of products (e.g. pesticides, insecticides, dielectric and hydraulic fluids in industrial machinery, capacitors and transformers). Furthermore, these compounds are generated unintentionally in a wide range of processes involving combustion. For this reason, knowing the existence of present or past industries or specific activities can help to identify a potentially contaminated site. The following table presents activities that are amongst those believed to be likely POP sources:

Organochlorinated pesticide production plant

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