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Mammalian Toxicology and Toxicity to Aquatic Organisms of Nitroglycerin, A Waterborne Munitions Waste Pollutant - A Literature Evaluation
Nitroglycerin appears to be relatively non-toxic in acute, subacute and chronic studies; it is metabolized rapidly to non-toxic compounds in animals and man. This information would indicate that there should be no real hazard in munitions wastes from nitroglycerin, its metabolites or possible breakdown products. Attention however is drawn to the possible carcinogenic hazard of these aliphatic nitrates through N-nitrosamine formation in the organism or environment and to the potentiality of interaction of nitroglycerin and its analogs with other chemicals in the wastes.
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