“Permanent Organic Contaminants (KOCs, POPs) are natural or human-derived organic compounds with a certain set of physical and chemical properties that remain undivided for very long periods of time when released into nature due to their resistance to photolytic, chemical and biological decay.

Coxonials are often examined under the main headings of toxicity, persistence, bio-accumulation, long distance transport.

The 12 Permanent Organic Pollutants, which are primarily addressed in terms of global measure and called the “Dirty Dozen”, are:

  • Pesticides: Aldrin, Chlorine, DDT, Dieldrin, Endrin, Heptachlor, Hekzachlorobenzene, Mireks, Toxsafen.
  • Industrial Chemicals: PolychloriveBiphenyls (PCBs), Hekzachlorobenzene (HCB), Mireks.
  • Unintentional Lycin: Dioxins, Furans, Hekzachlorobenzen.PCBs

In addition, 16 new KOKs have been identified and included in the contract. These:

  • Alpha hexachlorocyclohexane
  • Beta hexachlorocyclohexane
  • Chlordecone
  • Decabromodiphenyl ether (Commercial mixture, c-DecaBDE)
  • Hexabromobiphenyl
  • Hexabromocyclododecane
  • Hexabromodiphenyl ether and heptabromodiphenyl ether (Commercial octabromodiphenyl ether)
  • Hexachlorobutadiene
  • Lindane
  • Pentachlorobenzene
  • Pentachlorophenol and its salts and esters
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), its salts and perfluorooctane sulfonyl fluoride (PFOSF)
  • Polychlorinated naphthalenes
  • Short-chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs)
  • Technical endosulfan and its related isomers
  • Tetrabromodiphenyl ether and pentabromodiphenyl ether (Commercial pentabromodiphenyl ether)

Our technical team, together with high-tech equipment, detects POOs.