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French Equivalent: Contaminant

A contaminant is any physical, chemical, biological or radiologic substance or matter that has an adverse effect on air, water, land/soil or biota. The term is frequently used synonymously with pollutant.

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

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Statistical Theme: Environmental statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, December 1, 2005