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What does it mean for a chemical to be persistent?

Persistent chemicals are those chemicals that tend to endure in the environment for years after they are released into it. It takes longer to remove them from the environment after their use is over.

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Also asked, what is meant when scientists say that a chemical is highly persistent?

By “high persistence” we mean that a chemical has at least one degradation half-life exceeding, for example, 6 months.

Also, what is an example of a persistent toxic substance? Persistent toxic substances (PTS) include the Stockholm persistent organic pollutants, like dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, polychlorinated biphenyls, dioxin/furan, etc., and organometallic compounds, like organomercury, organotin, and organolead, which all share the same characteristics of being persistent, toxic,

Keeping this in view, what is a persistent toxicant?

Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic substances (PBTs) are a class of compounds that have high resistance to degradation from abiotic and biotic factors, high mobility in the environment and high toxicity. Majority of PBTs in the environment are either created through industry or are unintentional byproducts.

What is a persistent pesticide?

Pesticides include insect poisons and weed killers. These chemicals were developed to kill insect or weed pests that threaten agricultural or forest crops. "Persistent" pesticides are those that do not breakdown in the environment, but remain toxic to fish, animals, and humans for many years.

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