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Sources of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

A list of processes believed to be likely sources of POPs was compiled into a report for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by a group of international experts in persistent chemicals at the 1st Scientific and Technical Evaluation Workshop on Persistent Manufactured Chemicals Produced for Non-Agricultural Applications, Persistent Toxic and Persistent Unintentional Byproducts of Industrial and Combustion Processes (click here to access this UNEP report).

You may read more about those processes, classified into five sector groups, by visiting the respective links in the top right box.

The Dirty Dozen


Major Sources of POPs