Dieldrin

Water Pollutant

Dieldrin

Is an insecticide, and was used to control insects on cotton, citrus, ans corn crops.

Sources/Locations

Sources: eating contaminated fish or shell fish, and breast milk

Locations: subsurface termite control, dipping of nonfood roots, and tops, and then also moth-proofing

Problems Caused

Environmental

  1. soil/sediment
  2. improper use or disposal
  3. contaminated dairy/meat/fish/shellfish

Health

  1. decreases immune system
  2. could increase infant mortality
  3. cancer
  4. birth defects
  5. damage kidneys

Residence Time

The half life for dieldrin is around five years.