Halogenated hydrocarbons in New Orleans drinking water and blood plasma

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Science  10 Jan 1975:
Vol. 187, Issue 4171, pp. 75-77
DOI: 10.1126/science.1109227


Volatile organics from New Orleans drinking water and pooled plasma were collected on a solid phenyl ether polymer and analyzed by gas chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques. Thirteen halogenated hydrocarbons were identified in the drinking water. Five halogenated compounds were found in the plasma. Tetrachloroethylene and carbon tetrachloride were found in both the plasma and the drinking water. Considerable variation in the relative concentrations of the halogenated hydrocarbons was noted from day to day in the drinking water.