Do forest fires produce dioxins?

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Offline Talia

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Do forest fires produce dioxins?
« on: 02/05/2012 17:58:09 »
What is the process of releasing dioxin in forest fires?
« Last Edit: 12/07/2012 22:04:26 by chris »
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Re: Dioxin
« Reply #1 on: 03/05/2012 19:07:15 »
Typically forest fires won't produce a lot of dioxin.
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Re: Dioxin
« Reply #2 on: 04/05/2012 14:17:35 »
yes I know but i'm interested what is the molecular process of producing.
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Re: Dioxin
« Reply #3 on: 07/05/2012 02:13:11 »
I thought that Dioxins were a result of industrial processes and are completely man made?
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Re: Dioxin
« Reply #4 on: 07/05/2012 09:50:58 »
If the forest were contaminated with something like 2,4D then it's possible that a fire could rearrange that (by essentially sticking two together) into TCCD
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic_acid
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin

The molecules are quite similar. However without some sort of chlorinated precursor, the process is pretty much a non-starter.
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