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Environment & Chemistry

Naturally-Produced Organohalogens

Editors: Grimvall, Anders, de Leer, Ed W.B. (Eds.)

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Should the production and use of chlorine and all chlorinated organic compounds be halted, in view of their adverse effects on the environment and human health?
Those in favour argue that certain chlorinated compounds (PCBs, DDT, CFCs, etc.) have large negative environmental effects. The use of chlorine in disinfectants leads to the production of chloroform, while bulk products (PVC) contribute to the production of chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans when they are burned.
Those against argue that chlorine and many chlorinated compounds are essential in the control of human health (the prevention of disease transmitted through drinking water that has not been disinfected), and that chlorinated compounds are indispensable intermediates in many production processes, representing a vast economic value.
But such discussions often ignore the fact that Nature contributes significantly to the production of chlorinated organic compounds. More than 1000 such compounds are known, and their contribution to the biogeochemical cycling of chlorine is underestimated. Chlorine is organically bound in large quantities to humic materials, and natural production mechanisms are known for low molecular weight compounds (methyl chloride, chloroform, chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans). The role of these compounds in the environment is largely unknown.
Naturally-Produced Organohalogens gives a complete overview of the present state of knowledge on the subject, giving a much needed balance to the argument sketched out above.

Table of contents (40 chapters)

Table of contents (40 chapters)
  • Evidence of naturally produced and man-made organohalogens in water and sediments

    Pages 3-20

    Grimvall, A.

  • The contribution of natural halogenation processes to the atmospheric halomethane burden

    Pages 21-33

    Harper, David B.

  • Origin and occurrence of halogenated organic matter in soil

    Pages 35-48

    Asplund, Gunilla

  • AOX in groundwater

    Pages 49-64

    Grøn, Christian

  • Isolation of XAD-4 acids from natural waters and their importance as precursors to TOX and THM upon chlorination

    Pages 67-81

    Malcolm, Ronald L. (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Naturally-Produced Organohalogens
Editors
  • Anders Grimvall
  • Ed W.B. de Leer
Series Title
Environment & Chemistry
Series Volume
1
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-011-0061-8
DOI
10.1007/978-94-011-0061-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3435-4
Softcover ISBN
978-94-010-4032-7
Series ISSN
1383-8598
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 437
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