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Green Engineering: Environmentally Conscious Design of Chemical Processes by David R. Shonnard, David T. Allen

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Chapter 5Evaluating Environmental Fate: Approaches Based on Chemical Structure

byDavid T. Allen

5.1 Introduction

A new chemical is to be manufactured. Will its manufacture or use pose significant environmental or human health risks? If there are risks, what are the exposure pathways? Will the chemical degrade if it is released into the environment or will it persist? If the chemical degrades, will the degradation products pose a risk to the environment?

The challenges involved in answering these questions are formidable. Over 9,000 chemicals are produced commercially and every year, a thousand or more new chemicals are developed. For any chemical in use, there are a number of potential risks to human health and the environment. In general, ...

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