Impact of 1,4-Dioxane from Domestic Effluent on the Agano and Shinano Rivers, Japan
1,4-Dioxane is a polar and low-biodegradable organic compound. It is used as an industrial solvent or solvent stabilizer that prevents the breakdown of chlorinated solvents during manufacturing processes (Zenker et al. 2003). Industrial solvents are used in decreasing, electronics, metal finishing, fabric cleaning, pharmaceuticals, herbicides and pesticides, anti freeze, paper manufacturing and many other applications.