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Perchlorate Identification in Fertilizers

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Abstract:Perchlorate has contaminated groundwater, drinking water, and soils at several locations in the United States. The primary source of contamination at sites that have been investigated to date seems to be from industrial and military operations that use perchlorate as an oxidizing agent, However, recent examination of several fertilizers and fertilizer components showed
that perchlorate is present at levels up to 0.84 wt %. These preliminary results suggest that fertilizers could be a source for perchlorate accumulation in the food chain.
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Citation:Susarla, S., T. W. Collette, A. W. Garrison, N. L. Wolfe, and S. C. Mccutcheon. Perchlorate Identification in Fertilizers. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 33(19):3469-3472, (1999).
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Contact: Janice Sims - (706) 355-8011 or sims.janice@epa.gov
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Division: Ecosystems Research Division
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Branch: Processes & Modeling Branch
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Product Type: Journal
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Published: 10/01/1999
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