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Trichloroethene


Eco-USA: Toxics: Trichloroethene


Synonyms: Trichloroethylene; TCE

Trichloroethene is a colorless, nonflammable liquid that evaporates quickly. It is used to remove grease from metal parts, as a solvent, to make other chemicals, and for many other purposes.

Health Effects

U.S. EPA's Integrated Risk Information System states that trichloroethene is a human carcinogen. The National Institutes of Health has determined that trichloroethene is known to be a human carcinogen. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has determined that "There is sufficient evidence in humans for the carcinogenicity of trichloroethylene. Trichloroethylene causes cancer of the kidney. A positive association has been observed between exposure to trichloroethylene and non-Hodgkin lymphoma and liver cancer." (IARC, page 189).