Toxaphene (C10H10Cl8; mixture)

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  • yellow, highly viscous, waxy substance
  • mixture of several chlorinated bornanes and bornenes, dihydrocamphenes and camphenes
  • is a persistent organic pollutant

Main sources

  • agriculture: contact insecticide (cotton, cereal, fruit, nut, vegetable crops)

Thresholds for the reporting requirement of facilities in accordance with Annex 2 PRTRO

(Ordinance on the Register relating to Pollutant Release and the Transfer of Waste and of Pollutants in Waste Water)

  • Air               1 kg/year
  • Water          1 kg/year
  • Soil              1 kg/year


  • suspected carcinogenic effect
  • estrogenic effect
  • accumulate in the fatty tissue of marine mammals
  • widely dispersed in the environment


  • banned since the Stockholm Convention came into force in 2004

Further information

Last modification 16.12.2016

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