Octachlorostyrene

OCS; formula: C8Cl8; CAS Registry Number: 29082-74-4
Structure of octachlorostyrene
Source: PAN Pesticide Database

Persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chlorinated organochlorine compound

Octachlorostyrene is a by-product of processes that combine carbon and chlorine at high temperatures, e.g., the electrolytic production of magnesium from magnesium chlorine using graphite anodes, the production of chlorine and chlorinated solvents, aluminium degassing with hexachloroethane and combustion of chlorinated compounds such as PVC.

Environmentally relevant properties of octachlorostyrene include:

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Specimen

Zebra mussel Common mussel species as invasive animal in rivers and lakes with high information level for water pollution
Bream Bioindicator in rivers and lakes
Suspended particulate matter Fine insoluble mineral or organic particles in the water phase
Herring gull Inshore, the herring gull mainly feeds from the sea: upon fish, mussels, and crabs.

Sampling area

Saarländischer Verdichtungsraum Important, old-industrialised conurbation in Germany.
Bornhöveder Seengebiet Main water divide between the North- and Baltic Sea
Rhein Longest river in Germany
NP Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft National Park in the largest brackish water (Bodden) habitat of the world.
BR/NP Wattenmeere National park in the world largest connected sand and mud flats.
Elbe Fourth largest river basin in Central Europe
Verdichtungsraum Halle-Leipzig Region in the chemical triangle of Central Germany
Donau Second largest river in Europe

Sampling period

1988 - 2018

Extended information

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