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  1. PCBs (Polychlorinated biphenyls- aka Aroclor, Arochlor)

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1572

    GENERAL INFORMATION Polychlorinated biphenyls are a group of organic chemicals which can be odorless or mildly aromatic solids or oily liquids. Polychlorinated biphenyls were formerly used in the United States as hydraulic fluids, plasticizers, adhesives, ...

  2. Benzo(a)pyrene (PAH)

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1550

    GENERAL INFORMATION Benzo(a)pyrene is one of a group of compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. They are not produced or used commercially but are very commonly found since they are formed as a result of incomplete combustion of organic materia ...

  3. Mercury (inorganic)

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1522

    GENERAL INFORMATION Mercury is a liquid metal found in natural deposits such as ores containing other elements. The major sources of mercury in drinking water are erosion of natural deposits; discharge from refineries and factories; runoff from landfills; ...

  4. Trichloroethylene (TCE)

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1594

    GENERAL INFORMATION Trichloroethylene, a volatile organic chemical, is a colorless or blue liquid with a chloroform-like odor. Trichloroethylene is primarily used to remove grease from fabricated metal parts and in the production of some textiles. The maj ...

  5. 1,2-Dichloroethane

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1582

    GENERAL INFORMATION 1,2-Dichloroethane is a colorless, oily, organic liquid with a sweet, chloroform-like odor. The greatest use of 1,2-dichloroethane is in making chemicals involved in plastics, rubber and synthetic textile fibers. Other uses include: as ...

  6. p-Dichlorobenzene

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1581

    GENERAL INFORMATION para-Dichlorobenzene is an organic solid of white crystals with a mothball-like odor. p-Dichlorobenzene is used mainly as an insecticidal fumigant against clothes moths and as a deodorant for garbage and restrooms. It is also used as a ...

  7. o-Dichlorobenzene

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1580

    GENERAL INFORMATION ortho-Dichlorobenzene is a colorless organic liquid with a pleasant, aromatic odor. The greatest use of o-dichlorobenzene is as a chemical intermediate for making agricultural chemicals, primarily herbicides. Other present and past use ...

  8. Chlorobenzene

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1579

    GENERAL INFORMATION Chlorobenzene is a colorless organic liquid with a faint, almond-like odor. Chlorobenzene is used in the manufacture of other organic chemicals, dyestuffs and insecticides. It is also used a solvent for adhesives, drugs, rubber, paints ...

  9. Carbon tetrachloride

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1578

    GENERAL INFORMATION Carbon tetrachloride is a clear heavy organic liquid with a sweet aromatic odor similar to chloroform. Most carbon tetrachloride is used to make chlorofluorocarbon propellants and refrigerants, though this has been declining steadily. ...

  10. Total organic carbon (TOC)

    https://ohiowatersheds.osu.edu/node/1540

    GENERAL INFORMATION Total organic carbon (TOC) is used as a measure of water quality. TOC in source water comes from decaying natural organic matter (NOM) as well as synthetic sources.  Humic acids, fulvic acids and urea are examples of NOM.  Detergents, ...

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