from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An insecticide, C10Cl12, used especially against ants.
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- n. The pesticide and fire retardant perchloropentacyclodecane that is a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutant
To start with, the Stockholm Convention identified twelve top-priority POPs: eight pesticides (aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, mirex, and toxaphene); two industrial chemicals (the hexachlorobenzenes (HCBs) and the polychlorinated biphenyls PCBs); and two groups of industrial by-products (dioxins and furans).
The St. Lawrence is one of the most polluted waterways in North America, with high levels of mirex, PCBs, DDT, and its derivatives.
� Consistent with the POPs agreement, which allows for some limited exemptions, Australia has lodged an exemption for mirex use.
A chemical named mirex was used in some of their products and contaminated the soil and sediment along the two creeks.