to a group of chlorinated
organic chemicals with similar
Dioxins have no uses. They are formed unintentionally and released as byproducts of waste incineration and other human activities such as fuel combustion, chlorine bleaching of pulp and paper, or pesticide manufacturing. They are also formed by natural processes such as forest fires and volcanoes.
Some dioxins have harmful
properties, depending on the
number and position of chlorine
atoms. One of the most toxic
dioxin is known as TCDD (2,3,7,8 tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin).