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From Dishwasher to Tap? Xenobiotic Substances Benzotriazole and Tolyltriazole in the Environment

Janna, Hussein; Scrimshaw, Mark D.; Williams, Richard J.; Churchley, John; Sumpter, John P.. 2011 From Dishwasher to Tap? Xenobiotic Substances Benzotriazole and Tolyltriazole in the Environment. Environmental Science & Technology, 45 (9). 3858-3864. 10.1021/es103267g

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Abstract/Summary

There is increasing evidence that the use of chemicals frequently results in widespread environmental contamination with little understanding of the toxicological implications. Benzotriazoles are used in, among other applications, dishwashing formulations for home use, and are a class of chemicals recently reported to be present in European waters. This study demonstrates their presence in UK wastewaters, rivers, and drinking water. It also estimates that their use as silver polishing agents in dishwasher tablets and powders may account for a significant proportion of inputs to wastewaters. The lack of a complete set of good quality (eco)toxicological data on possible chronic effects of these high use chemicals should caution against using them in a manner which may have contributed to such widespread environmental contamination.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1021/es103267g
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Water > WA Topic 3 - Science for Water Management > WA - 3.4 - Develop novel and improved methods to enable the sustainable management of freshwaters and wetlands
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biogeochemistry > BGC Topic 3 - Managing Threats to Environment and Health > BGC - 3.4 - Produce models, maps, databases and inventories to assess compliance ...
CEH Sections: Boorman
ISSN: 0013-936X
Additional Keywords: LF2000-WQX, benzotriazole, tolytriazoles, River Erewash, modelling
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Hydrology
Health
Date made live: 05 May 2011 13:46
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/14029

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