Common Sources of Exposure to Dioxin
Dioxins are one group in EPA’s list of 30 hazardous air pollutants that pose the greatest potential health threat in urban areas. Although there are hundreds of different forms, only the 2,3,7,8-substituted tetra- through octa-chlorinated dioxins and furans cause toxic effects. Learn about urban air toxic pollutants and what EPA is doing to reduce their emissions.
Dioxins are present in our environment from a variety of sources, and collectively can be called simply dioxin. The following links contain information about different ways people can be exposed to dioxin.
- Dioxin in art studio ball clay
- Dioxin in drinking water (table of regulated drinking water contaminants)
- Dioxin in food (questions and answers)
- Dioxin in livestock, meat, poultry, and eggs (FDA and EPA Joint Study)
- Dioxin in soil and Superfund sites
- Dioxin produced by backyard burning
- Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act Section 313 Guidance for Reporting Toxic Chemicals within the Dioxin and Dioxin-like Compounds Category
- Dioxin and Dioxin-like Compounds Toxic Equivalency (TEQ) Information (2010)
- Need help on TRI or TEQ's? Contact the TRI Information Center.
- Challenges in the San Francisco Bay (which includes manufacturing compounds like dioxin as an impairment to water quality in the watershed)
- FDA Profile on Chemical Contaminants: Dioxins & PCBs (Joint FDA and EPA)
- NIH Profile on Environmental Agents: Dioxins