Priority Organic Compounds That Are VOC

The Environmental Protection Agency has identified approximately 129 priority pollutants. These pollutants were selected on the basis of their known or suspected carcinogenicity (cancer causing), teratogenicity (the production of malformations in an embryo or fetus), or high acute toxicity (poisonous). Here is a list of priority pollutants that are VOCs. Notice that because most of these compounds have high solubility (greater than 1,000 mg/L) and low log Kow (less than 2.7) they will be biodegraded and not persist in the environment. Therefore not bioaccumulate, that is cause an increase in concentration further up the food chain.

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