Sleuthing Out Contamination | September 1, 2008 Issue - Vol. 86 Issue 35 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 86 Issue 35 | pp. 49-52
Issue Date: September 1, 2008

Sleuthing Out Contamination

Analytical chemists piece together the origin and fate of environmental contaminants
Department: Science & Technology, ACS News | Collection: Climate Change, Green Chemistry
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PERCHLORATE. BENZENE. Dissolved organic material. Uranium. All of these chemical species can have adverse effects on human and environmental health and can be found in groundwater in various parts of the U.S. After such contaminants are detected in groundwater, several common questions arise: What is the original source? Is the contaminant natural or synthetic? How would natural degradation or a remediation project affect the chemistry of the contaminant?

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