ATSDR - Toxic Substances - Tetrachloroethylene (PERC)
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Tetrachloroethylene (PERC)

CAS ID #: 127-18-4

Affected Organ Systems: Developmental (effects during periods when organs are developing) , Neurological (Nervous System), Respiratory (From the Nose to the Lungs)

Cancer Effects: Reasonably Anticipated to be a Human Carcinogen

Chemical Classification: Volatile organic compounds

Summary: Tetrachloroethylene is a manufactured chemical that is widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics and for metal-degreasing. It is also used to make other chemicals and is used in some consumer products.

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    U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was established in 1942. In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water provided by two of the eight water treatment plants on base.

    Water from the Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant was contaminated by PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene).

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