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POLLUTANT

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French Equivalent: Polluant

Definition:
A pollutant is a substance that is present in concentrations that may harm organisms (humans, plants and animals) or exceed an environmental quality standard. The term is frequently used synonymously with contaminant.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Contaminant

Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, December 1, 2005