Persistent Organic Pollutants

What are POPs?

POPs are substances that are resistant to environmental degradation and cause adverse health effects.

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POPs are often called "forever chemicals" because they are resistant to chemical, biological, and photolytic degradation.

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POPs are toxic to both humans and wildlife.

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POPs accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms including humans, and are found at higher concentrations at higher levels in the food chain

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Symptoms for infected people and animals can include:
  • Cancer
  • Allergies
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Damage to the reproductive symptom
  • Damage to the immune system
  • Some POPs are also considered to be endocrine disruptors
    • By altering the hormonal system, it can damage the reproductive and immune systems of exposed individuals as well as their offspring; they can also have developmental and carcinogenic effects.

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