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List of Pollutants

Common types of pollutants inlcude air, water and soil pollutants.

Below is a summary of most common air, water and soil pollutants.

Air Pollutants

    • Sulfur dioxide
    • Nitrogen oxides
    • Ammonia
    • Carbon monoxide
    • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
    • Ozone
    • Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
    • Airborne particles
    • Toxic metals
    • Radioactive pollutants

Water Pollutants (Ref. 1)

Organic water pollutants:

  • Insecticides and herbicides, a range of organohalide
  • Bacteria from livestock operations
  • Food processing waste incl. pathogens
  • Tree debris from logging operations
  • VOCs including solvents and hydrocarbons
  • Dense non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) such as chlorinated solvents
  • Detergents and chemical compounds found in cosmetics products

Inorganic water pollutants:

  • Heavy metals
  • Acidity caused by industrial discharges such as sulfur dioxide by power plants
  • Chemical waste
  • Fertilizers from agricultural use
  • Silt from construction sites, logging, slash and burn operation

Soil Pollutants (Contaminants) (Ref. 2)

    • Hydrocarbons
    • Solvents
    • Pesticides
    • Lead and other heavy metals
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