Toxic pollution


Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens commun
Pollution by toxic substances which may, depending on their content, seriously and/or on a long-term basis, affect living organisms. These substances can lead to a deferred or immediate death, to reproductive disorders, or significant disruption of biological functions (e.g. reproductive disorders). The main toxic substances encountered in the environment during chronic or acute pollution are generally heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, zinc, etc), halogens (chlorine, bromine, fluorine, iodine), complex organic molecules of synthetic (pesticides, etc) or natural origin (hydrocarbons).
Source
According to the Ministry for the Environment and AFB
Thématiques associées
Review status
Soumis au comité de relecture.