About Dioxin(2,3,7,8-TCDD)

What is Dioxin?

Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) are chemical compounds found throughout the world in the environment. They are considered persistent organic pollutants (POPs) because they can stay on the ground for a long time. Dioxins are highly toxic compounds that can affect humans, animals, and the environment.

What Types of Industrial Uses Does it Have?

Since dioxin is considered as a contaminant formed in the production of other chlorinated compounds, the chemical compound is not commercially produced or used in the United States. Unfortunately, the persistent organic pollutant breaks down slowly making it hard to reduce or remove from the environment.

How Does Dioxin Get into Your Drinking Water?

Residue or byproducts from waste incineration and other combustion processes can get into nearby water systems. Improper waste management in chemical factories may also result in water contamination.

What are the Health Risks Associated with Dioxin?

Regular consumption of contaminated drinking water will result in potential reproductive difficulties. Acute exposure to high levels of dioxin in drinking water will increase the risk of acquiring cancer.

How Common is Dioxin in Water?

Dioxin is present in water systems near poultry, chemical factories, and consistently burnt backyards.

What is the EPA’s Contamination Level Standards for Dioxin in Drinking Water?

The MCLG set by the EPA for Dioxins and dioxin-like compounds is zero. The maximum contaminant level (MCL) for the contaminant is 0.00000003 mg/L or 30 ppq.

What is the Best Reduction Media for Removing Dioxin from Drinking Water?

The levels of dioxin in contaminated drinking water can be reduced to below the MCL with the use of granular activated carbon (GAC). The filtration media is reliable in removing dioxin and other contaminants from tap water. It is used in most water filter systems like AquaOx’s whole house water filter. Invest in a high-quality water treatment system today and protect your family from the potential health dangers of water pollutants.

Chemical Names:TCDD; Dioxin; Tetradioxin; 2,3,7,8-TETRACHLORODIBENZO-P-DIOXIN; Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin; Dioxine   More…
Molecular Formula:C12H4Cl4O2
Molecular Weight:321.962 g/mol
Substance Registry:FDA UNII
Safety Summary:Laboratory Chemical Safety Summary (LCSS)

Dibenzodioxin derivatives that contain multiple chloride atoms bound to the benzene ring structures.

2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin which is often referred to simply as dioxin and is the reference for a number of compounds which are similar structurally and have dioxin-like toxicity. A substance extremely toxic to mammals, with a wide variation in sensitivity among species. Longer-term exposure of test mammals to lesser amounts can affect reproduction, cause birth defects, damage the liver and suppress the immune system. Several studies suggest that exposure to TCDD increases the risk of several types of cancer in people. Animal studies have also shown an increased risk of cancer from exposure to TCDD. The WHO and the USA DHHS have determined that TCDD is a human carcinogen. (NCI)
Source: NCIt
Record Name: Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin
URL: https://ncit.nci.nih.gov/ncitbrowser/ConceptReport.jsp?dictionary=NCI_Thesaurus&ns=NCI_Thesaurus&code=C864
Description: NCI Thesaurus (NCIt) provides reference terminology for many systems. It covers vocabulary for clinical care, translational and basic research, and public information and administrative activities.

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