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Few Volatile Organic Compounds Detected in Rivers and Ground Water in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, Minnesota and Wisconsin

Fact Sheet 095-96

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Abstract

VOC's are carbon-containing chemicals that readily evaporate at normal air temperature and pressure. They are contained in many commercial products such as gasoline, paints, adhesives, solvents, wood preservatives, dry-cleaning agents, pesticides, cosmetics, correction fluid, and refrigerants. Approximately 15 million pounds of VOC's were released to the atmosphere in the focused study area (fig. 1) in 1992 by facilities registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Millions of additional pounds of VOC's are emitted to the atmosphere and to land and water by smaller unregistered users of these compounds in the focused study area.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Few Volatile Organic Compounds Detected in Rivers and Ground Water in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, Minnesota and Wisconsin
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
095-96
Edition:
2nd
Year Published:
1996
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Minnesota Water Science Center
Description:
2 p.