Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs)

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Alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEs) are chemical compounds that are mainly used as synthetic surfactants used in detergents and cleaning products.[1][2] APEs are made from and break down into alkylphenols. APEs and alkylphenols, such as nonylphenol and octylphenol, have been found in sewage sludge. Both nonylphenol and octylphenol are suspected endocrine disruptors.

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  1. [alkylphenols and alkylphenol ethoxylates, Chemical Encyclopedia, Healthy Child Healthy World, Accessed November 9, 2010.
  2. Alkylphenolic Compounds - Introduction, Accessed November 9, 2010.

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