Naturally Occurring Toluene
- Published: February 28, 2017
Has anyone ever heard of naturally occurring toluene?
By: Anna Durante, Hydrogeologist
As we all know, toluene is a highly mobile, water-insoluble, toxic petroleum hydrocarbon compound that can be harmful to the environment/ public, so it’s pretty obvious why toluene can be problematic in even small concentrations (and explains why it has very strict guidelines). However, it is an organic chemical compound and specific ecological niches support the accumulation of biogenic toluene and therefore, can confound remedial investigations of petroleum impacts.