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Threats to the aquatic environment and human health with oil derivatives (part one)





Key words:

water pollutions, petroleum products, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), toxicity, carcinogenicity

This work focuses mainly on issues related to the sources of water pollution with petroleum substances. The article presents information on the origin and types of the main chemical compounds that can be found in petroleum substances and discusses the ones which are most hazardous to human health. These pollutants threaten both flora and fauna of contaminated waters. Adverse and toxic effects of some of the compounds found in petroleum substances on the human body are discussed. Moreover, research results on  arcinogenicity and mutagenicity of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are also presented in greater detail.

mgr inż. Anna GACEK,
prof. dr hab. Andrzej GAJEWSKI
Cracow University of Economics
Faculty of Commodity Science
Department of Metrology and Instrumental Analysis
27 Rakowicka St., 31-510 Cracow, Poland
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