What is environmental contamination?

Gardens & Landscapes, Pest Management In and Around Structures September 05, 2011 Print Friendly and PDF

Environmental contamination is the introduction into water, air and/or soil of microorganisms, chemicals, toxic substances, wastes or waste water in a concentration that makes the medium (water, air and/or soil) unfit for its next intended use (consumption, crop production, habitation). This definition also applies to surfaces of objects, buildings and various household and agricultural use products.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.