- Learn about opportunities in the Vinyl Chloride
Monomer (VCM) industry
, a gas used to make plastics, is an acute respiratory irritant that can cause headache, drowsiness, and dizziness.
Hydrogen chloride produced during the gasification process of vinyl chloride
is neutralized with lime.
Consumers can recognize some products made of vinyl chloride
because they have a ``3'' or a ``v'' next to the triangular recycling symbol.
EPA's conclusion that "the association [between vinyl chloride
and cancers other than the liver] is weak and any estimated increase in mortality from cancer at these sites is likely to be less than for liver cancer" (U.S.
For Rosner and Markowitz the story began in 1993, when they traveled to Lake Charles, Louisiana, to look at what they were told was "a warehouse of material" about vinyl chloride
PVC facility will produce 2.1 billion lb/yr of chlorine and caustic soda, 1.65 billion lb of vinyl chloride
monomer, and 1.3 billion lb of PVC.
The recent Vinyl Chloride
ship incident was handled without a new bridge, even though 594 kilograms of monomer were released, according to the "Lloyds List" newspaper.
The company has admitted it vented the carcinogen vinyl chloride
into the air and falsified monitoring reports.
Other dangeous chemicals include vinyl chloride
for making PVC plastic and ammonia for synthetic fertilizer.
Merchant was instrumental in the development of ethyl vinyl chloride
polymers and in the introduction of SMA polymers and polystyrene emulsions in coating and sizing applications.
Besides affecting polymer properties, residual monomers are also often toxic, e.g., vinyl chloride
present in the highly versatile thermoplastic poly(vinyl chloride
) is known to be a carcinogen, and acrylonitrile is extremely harmful.