CAS ID #: 107-06-2
Affected Organ Systems: Hepatic (Liver), Renal (Urinary System or Kidneys)
Cancer Effects: Reasonably Anticipated to be Human Carcinogens
Chemical Classification: Volatile organic compounds
Summary: 1,2-Dichloroethane, also called ethylene dichloride, is a manufactured chemical that is not found naturally in the environment. It is a clear liquid and has a pleasant smell and sweet taste. The most common use of 1,2-dichloroethane is in the production of vinyl chloride which is used to make a variety of plastic and vinyl products including polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes, furniture and automobile upholstery, wall coverings, housewares, and automobile parts. It is also used to as a solvent and is added to leaded gasoline to remove lead.
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