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a moderately toxic chlorinated hydrocarbon formerly widely used as an anthelmintic but now used only as a dry cleaning solvent and for other industrial uses.
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, tetrachloroethylene, tetrachloroethene (te″tră-klor-eth′ĭ-lēn″) (te″tră-klō-rō-eth′ĭ-lēn″) (te″tră-klō-rō-eth′ēn″)
Cl2-C=C-Cl2 or C2Cl4, a clear, colorless liquid with a characteristic odor, used as a solvent.
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Q. breating air that has tetrachloroethene in it how does it affect you if u have prostate cancer the air in my building has been determined to have Tetrachloroethylene in it i have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer

A. i found a research they did in Finland about tetrachloroethene, and they saw that amongst the people who were exposed to it over the years there was an increased amount of cancerous events. and even prostate cancer.

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Test VOCs and Their Properties Chemical Chemical Molecular Category Name Formula MW Alkane n-Hexane [C.sub.6][H.sub.14] 86.2 Alkane n-Decane [C.sub.10][H.sub.22] 142.3 Aromatic Toluene [C.sub.7][H.sub.8] 92.1 Chlorocarbon Tetrachloroethylene [C.sub.2][Cl.sub.4] 165.8 Ketone 2-Butanone [C.sub.4][H.sub.8]O 72.1 Alcohol Isobutanol [C.sub.4][H.sub.10]O 74.1 Terpene d-Limonene [C.sub.10][H.sub.16] 136.2 VP at Chemical BP 25[dedrees]C ASHRAE Ci Category ([degrees]C) (mm Hg) Std.
Some countries also called for discharges of synthetic substances such as trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene to be included in annex I.
Groundwater contaminants include many different industrial and agricultural chemicals and fuels, including a host of other petroleum hydrocarbons; a wide range of chlorinated compounds such as tetrachloroethylene (PCE), perchlorate and vinyl chloride (PC), carbon tetrachloride, pesticides and industrial solvents; and a long list of metals including arsenic, mercury, lead, chromium and others.
More than 10 years ago, a 2000 gpm carbon removal system was installed to remove volatile organic compounds--trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, and carbon tetrachloride--and other organics from the system.
Iron particles have already been trialled for the treatment of contaminated groundwater at Port Botany in Sydney where a large iron particle barrier has been installed to destroy chlorinated solvents including 1,2-dichloroethane and tetrachloroethylene. *Dr David Garman, + 61 2 9385 5008, d.garman@unsw.edu.au
Among the VOCs that Adgate and his team studied were chloroform, a by-product of chlorination that's released from household water; d-limonene and a- and b-pinene, common deodorizing chemicals that produce scents of lemon and pine; para-dichlorobenzene, an air freshener and pesticide; and tetrachloroethylene, which emanates from dry-cleaned clothing.
The 11 solvents which would be precluded from landfill disposal are: benzene, carbon tetrachloride, chlorobenzene, cresols, MEK, trichloroethylene, 2-nitropropane, nitrobenzene, pyridine, tetrachloroethylene and methylene chloride.
The city also detected harmful substances in the soil in the area, including tetrachloroethylene exceeding standards by 1,800 times and dioxin at 86 times the standard.
Tetrachloroethylene is used as a cleaning agent, and it's thought to cause cancer.